Friendship Compatibility Results

Part 1: Communication Style

Compare your results with your friends'

Chatterbox-Chatterbox: How do either of you get a word in? There's so much talking going on between Chatterbox and Chatterbox, it's hard to tell if listening is part of the deal. Hopefully, it is, as it's very important in friendship! Despite your shared comfort with conversation, you two should be careful not to reveal so much that you feel exposed or uncomfortably vulnerable around each other. Remember, it's a myth that you can tell a friend anything; be sure to stop and consider how personal disclosure will affect your friend and your friendship. Most importantly, make sure there's trust between the two of you before telling all.

Chatterbox-Listener: You two make a perfect pair -- one is always ready to lend an ear; the other always has an earful to offer. In order for the friendship to develop further and thrive, Listener must learn to give a little, too, sharing herself with Chatterbox. In fact, Chatterbox may need to make more of an effort to stop and ask Listener questions about her life, being careful to not intrude but still show interest in what Listener has going on in her life.

Chatterbox-Reliable Advisor: Yours is one chatty friendship! While Reliable Advisor and Chatterbox may seem supremely compatible, your friendship is missing one key element: listening. If you can both learn to keep your mouths shut sometimes and your ears open for each other, you two will be friends for a long time to come.

Chatterbox-Private: Just because the Chatterbox is ready to chat just about anytime doesn't mean Private is too. Chatterbox must respect Private's, well, privacy. It's also important for Chatterbox to look out for Private's feelings and be careful not to intrude or force intimate conversation Private isn't ready for. If that leaves Chatterbox feeling frustrated and left out in the cold, that could spell the end of the friendship. For her part, Private may want to test the friendship by confiding an unimportant secret and see whether it is kept or spread around by Chatterbox, advises Jan Yager, Ph.D., author of Friendshifts: The Power of Friendship and How It Shapes Our Lives.

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