No one is born shy or gregarious. There is no such thing as a friendship "gene." Friendship is a skill you can learn; this book will help you enhance your friendships as you learn:
- Sympathetic and empathetic ways to bring your friends closer
- Why some men have twice as many friends at work as do women and why women might want that to change
- The art of self-disclosure-what to reveal, when, and to whom
- How to be for others the kind of friend that you want others to be for you
- How to increase the likelihood of befriending those who share your values (a better predictor of long-lasting friendships than doing things together or being nearby).
I have certainly benefited from all I have learned about friendship. My life is fuller and more rewarding than it has ever been because I put into practice every day the friendship principles I share with you in this book.
Marriage is relatively easy to define, but what does it mean to be someone's friend? As a relationship, friendship itself has been shifting in the last few decades; today there is an eagerness and quickness to call almost anybody a friend. The next chapter explores definitions of friendship that should help give you a better grasp of what you mean when you call someone your friend.