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Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are (Hardcover)

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Discover the unexpected ways friends influence our personalities, choices, emotions, and even physical health in this fun and compelling examination of friendship, based on the latest scientific research and ever-relatable anecdotes.

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Discover the unexpected ways friends influence our personalities, choices, emotions, and even physical health in this fun and compelling examination of friendship, based on the latest scientific research and ever-relatable anecdotes.

Why is dinner with friends often more laughter filled and less fraught than a meal with family? Although some say itís because we choose our friends, itís also because we expect less of them than we do of relatives. While weíre busy scrutinizing our romantic relationships and family dramas, our friends are quietly but strongly influencing everything from the articles we read to our weight fluctuations, from our sex lives to our overall happiness levels.

Evolutionary psychologists have long theorized that friendship has roots in our early dependence on others for survival. These days, we still cherish friends but tend to undervalue their role in our lives. However, the skills one needs to make good friends are among the very skills that lead to success in life, and scientific research has recently exploded with insights about the meaningful and enduring ways friendships influence us. With people marrying lateróand often not at allóand more families having just one child, these relationships may be gaining in importance. The evidence even suggests that at times friends have a greater hand in our development and well-being than do our romantic partners and relatives.

Friends see each other through the process of growing up, shape each otherís interests and outlooks, and, painful though it may be, expose each otherís rough edges. Childhood and adolescence, in particular, are marked by the need to create distance between oneself and oneís parents while forging a unique identity within a group of peers, but friends continue to influence us, in ways big and small, straight through old age.

Perpetually busy parents who turn to friendsófor intellectual stimulation, emotional support, and a good dose of merri...

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Carlin Flora was on the staff of Psychology Today for eight years, most recently as features editor. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University School of Journalism and has written for Discover, Glamour, Womenís Health, and Menís Health, among others. She has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Fox News, and 20/20. She lives in Queens, New York.
ISBN 9780385535434
Author Flora, Carlin
Genre PSYCHOLOGY / Interpersonal Relations
Format Hardcover
Pages 276
Publisher Date 2013-01-15 00:00:00.0
Publisher Doubleday
Copyright Year 2013
Height 5.0 in
Wdth 7.25 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.02 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are
Audience General/trade

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