On May 14, 1998, my life changed quite substantially: “Seinfeld” ended. At that time, I felt like I lost some of my closest friends. In fact, until I discovered that I could watch an unlimited amount of re-runs, I felt like I was missing a part of myself.
Maybe you’ve felt this way about a TV show-perhaps the recent ending of “The Office” has spurred these feelings. More seriously, I am sure you’ve felt this sense of emptiness when a friend has moved or when someone has passed away or even after a breakup.
Indeed, psychological science has known for quite some time that we define ourselves-that is, we come to know who we are as a person-through our closest relationships. When the relationships go, so goes a very part of our existence.
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