Friends and Peers

The dictionary definition of “popular” is to be regarded with “favor, approval or affection” by others. All of these things are sought after qualities, particularly in younger people whose reliance on their peers for acceptance is at the most acute of their entire lifetime. Popularity, however, is not a goal in itself, but should be […]

“A lot of people don’t realize that depression is an illness. I don’t wish it on anyone, but if they would know how it feels, I swear they would think twice before they just shrug it.”-Jonathan Davis People who suffer from depression have the worst sickness of all-and even though it isn’t necessarily contagious, it […]

Sense and Insensitivity I have spent the past couple of weeks being very mopey and upset over the perception of a lost friendship. This person I know is going through a rough time and instead of seeking my counsel as has always been “our way,” they asked me to give them time to get through […]

It is not at all unusual to have a friend of the opposite sex. These days it is not a rarity at all. The question is what do you do if your Guy pal all of a sudden wants to get cozy under the covers? If you are strictly on a “Just Friends” Basis and […]

What is drama? Drama is the art of taking ordinary life situations and adding layers of what if, why, and what do you think? Allow an illustration for clarification. LaNae was late for work because her ex-husband pulled out in front of her and then drove at a very slow pace. By the time LaNae […]

In today’s super competitive job market, which you will spend more time with your co-workers then with your family; it is difficult to separate a colleague from a friend. Office politics can more daunting and stressful then the actual work that is being completed. Employees at a company are constantly forming new alliances and doing […]

Friends come and go over the years, so why is the friend who puts you down, makes you feel guilty about your success and brings your mood down still in your life? It could be that this friend has gradually gained some control over you and your relationship and has made you feel in some […]

For women, a lot of men they know, whether personally or professionally, seem to lack the kind of empathy for them or for other people in their lives that they and quite often other women would expect them to have. This is a story you hear over and over again, how guys don’t seem to […]

The face of loneliness does not always portray itself openly and sometimes it is easy to pass by a friend, a neighbor, or even a stranger you may meet during your day and not be aware of them to be lonely. In order to befriend someone who seems lonely you need to be able to […]

In the past, you would have to travel thousands of miles just to experience another culture or hear another language.  Times have changed, and now you only have to venture outside your own back yard to discover a whole new world.  While distance is no longer an obstacle to crossing cultural and lingual barriers, the […]

What does caustic mean in the first place? In order to figure out why caustic relationships damage the psyche, one has to know what a caustic relationship is by learning the meaning behind the word “caustic.”  There are several ways that caustic can be defined: acidic, erosive, abrasive, bitter, rough, salty, virulent, scathing, etc. Overall, […]

A key aspect of human relationships is the idea of friendship. The presence of close, personal connections is necessary in order for a person to develop psychologically and emotionally. A friend is someone who an individual enjoys being around and who is a support when needed. Such an individual has demonstrated that he or she […]

Friendships are important aspects of everyone’s life, and your decision to end an abusive one can be an unsettling and difficult decision. Before making such a drastic move, be certain your reasons are valid and to rid yourself of the friend is the right action to take. Once you’ve made up your mind, the friendship […]

The meaning of friendship seems to change as one enters different phases of life. defines a friend as “a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.” ( But perception of “affection or personal regard” can hold differing degrees of value as one matures and has new experiences. Best friends When […]

You are the proud home owner of a nice home in a suburban neighborhood in Pleasantville, USA. You are pleased to have new neighbors. You noticed there are a husband, a wife, and two toddler sons.  You have also noticed that they speak to each other in a foreign language which is unfamiliar to you. […]

Holiday gift giving can be tricky when it comes to coworkers. It can be tough trying figure what gifts are too personal or too boring. Some of your coworkers may be good friends while others may be virtual strangers. It is pretty easy to buy a gift for a friend, but not so easy to […]

The truth is most friendships have a natural shelf-life. People grow and have different priorities. Circumstances change. Life changes take people in different directions. While the caring and respect is still there, the ties that made a friendship close and vibrant are no longer there. In best case situations, the friendship comes to an end […]

 A toxic friend may act as a good friend. Yet, there are subtle differences that will let you know if this is a toxic friend masquerading as a good friend. These toxic relationships may cause undue stress, disappointments, constant arguments, feelings of low self esteem, misplaced guilt and anxiety. A toxic friend is self-centered, impatient […]

Friendships are an important aspect of everyone’s life. These are the relationships which enrich and fill people’s lives with meaning, worth and a sense of wellbeing. They are the liaison between you and the world you live in and help you to keep your values intact. In fact, friends can help put life back into […]

If you have ever had friends that don’t give anything back, then you will probably know what it feels like to be on the receiving end of nothing. You may have given to a friendship on the assumption that whatever you gave would be returned. This has nothing to do with material giving. This has […]

Thinking about hosting your next class reunion? Times are changing and new technology is providing some fun alternatives for class advisors as they get ready to set up their next class reunion. If your class doesn’t already have their own web site, contact your reunion committee and make a suggestion or jump in and create […]

For some people, friendships really aren’t friendships; instead, they are toxic relationships. Sometimes these friendships start out fine and just develop into something unhealthy. Other times, the friendship was never healthy. There are a variety of reasons why friendships are toxic. One of the friends is desperate for acceptance When someone struggles with acceptance, they […]

If your friendships been broken what are you going to do? Give up or cry yourself to death? Your reaction may vary, depending on the seriousness and the depth of the offense or the seriousness of the mistake committed to you. Keep in mind, “to err is human.” First weight things out by asking yourself […]

Have you ever gotten out of bed one morning and realized that twenty years had flown by without you noticing? You have…um gotten better with time of course, except for those few gray hairs…hmm. Well never mind all of that, the point is that time can slip by and so can some of your oldest […]

Everyone has had the experience of a freeloading friend. This friend could be someone who constantly takes advantage of your kindness and hospitality; but contributes nothing to the friendship. This person could be a close friend who is a part of your group of friends or they could even live in your house. Dealing with […]

A domineering friend, is a friend that others would usually avoid confronting with. Like a dictator, they are bossy and like to order others around harshly. Their victims are usually the submissive ones. They are arrogant and sometimes can be very mean. They are rude and like to push their victims around physically to get […]

It’s so easy to do, such a stereotype that it has become a staple of comedy sitcoms; that moment when the character suddenly realises they are doing something foolish, or talking unkindly, about the person who is standing right behind them. Making a bad first impression comes to most people at some point in life […]

Demanding and possessive friends can be a draining issue to deal with. Have you ever had a friend that is so possessive you feel you can not breathe? Have you ever had a friend that drains you because they are demanding in your friendship? There are healthy friendships and unhealthy friendships. When it comes to […]