Friendship

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Childhood Friendships May Have Some Health Benefits in Adulthood

Time spent with friends in childhood is associated with physical health in adulthood, according to data from a multi-decade study of men… More

  • Using behavioral data gleaned from social media, researchers find that people are more like their friends and partners than previously thought... More

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    Couples, Friends Show Similarity in Personality Traits After All

    Using behavioral data gleaned from social media, researchers find that people are more like their friends and partners than previously thought... More

  • Research suggests that people with low self-control prefer and depend on people with high self-control, possibly as a way to make up for the skills they themselves lack... More

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    Low on Self-Control? Surrounding Yourself With Strong-Willed Friends May Help

    Research suggests that people with low self-control prefer and depend on people with high self-control, possibly as a way to make up for the skills they themselves lack... More

  • We love to tell friends and family about experiences we’ve had and they haven’t—from exotic vacations to celebrity sightings—but new research suggests that these stories don’t thrill them quite as much as we imagine... More

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    To Please Your Friends, Tell Them What They Already Know

    We love to tell friends and family about experiences we’ve had and they haven’t—from exotic vacations to celebrity sightings—but new research suggests that these stories don’t thrill them quite as much as we imagine... More

  • Romantic partners walking down the aisle may dream of long and healthy lives together, but close friends in the wedding party may have a better sense of whether those wishes will come true... More

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    Friends’ Personality Insights May Predict Your Longevity

    Romantic partners walking down the aisle may dream of long and healthy lives together, but close friends in the wedding party may have a better sense of whether those wishes will come true... More

  • A group of psychological scientists led by Jessica Methot of Rutgers University took a closer look at the benefits — as well as the potential tradeoffs — of friends at work... More

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    The Mixed Blessing of Workplace Friendships

    A group of psychological scientists led by Jessica Methot of Rutgers University took a closer look at the benefits — as well as the potential tradeoffs — of friends at work... More

  • Teens are often warned about peer pressure, but research suggests that following the pack in adolescence may have some unexpected benefits for physical health in early adulthood... More

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    Close Friendships in Adolescence Predict Health in Adulthood

    Teens are often warned about peer pressure, but research suggests that following the pack in adolescence may have some unexpected benefits for physical health in early adulthood... More

  • Researchers examine links between participants’ Big Five personality traits, their personality state when interacting with friends, and the quality and quantity of their interactions with friends... More

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    How Friends and Personalities Mix

    Researchers examine links between participants’ Big Five personality traits, their personality state when interacting with friends, and the quality and quantity of their interactions with friends... More

  • Some people like to have a few close friends, while others prefer a wider social circle that is perhaps less deep. Research suggests that the optimal approach may depend on socioeconomic conditions... More

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    Too Big or Just Right? Optimal Circle of Friends Depends on Socioeconomic Conditions

    Some people like to have a few close friends, while others prefer a wider social circle that is perhaps less deep. Research suggests that the optimal approach may depend on socioeconomic conditions... More

  • Some people know their friends' triggers well; others have almost no idea what set their friends off. Research suggests that this difference has a noticeable impact on the relationship... More

    How Well Do You Know Your Friends?

    Some people know their friends' triggers well; others have almost no idea what set their friends off. Research suggests that this difference has a noticeable impact on the relationship... More

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