Friendship

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READINGS

Good Friends Are Good for You

http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/good-friends-are-good-for-you

Just Between Friends

http://www.ohio.edu/research/communications/Friendship.cfm

Research: Human friendships based on genetic similarities beyond the superficial
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/research-human-friendships-based-on-genetic-similarities-beyond-the-superficial/2014/07/14/8aea04fe-0ab5-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html

The Importance of Friendship
http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-importance-of-friendship/0001381


5 Things You Can Learn About Friendship From Oprah and Gayle
http://friendship.about.com/od/Friendship-In-Culture/a/What-You-Can-Learn-About-Friendship-From-Oprah-And-Gayle.htm


Friendship Quotes
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_friendship.html
http://www.quotegarden.com/friendship.html

 

VIDEOS

Can Men and Women Be Just Friends? | The Science of Love (subtitled)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsFJFfegkj4

The Importance of Friends for Women Over 60
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvyNyZqUa4M

 


Discussion Questions

  • Who is/are your best friend(s)?  Why are you so close? In what ways are you similar or different?
  • What do you think are the most important ingredients of a lasting friendship?
  • How long does it take to become a ‘best’ friend?
  • How would you categorize your different groups of friends?
  • What are the most enjoyable or meaningful things you do with your close friends?
  • What’s the difference between old friends and new friends?
  • Do you enjoy the process of making new friends? Do you think you make new friends easily?
  • Do you argue with your friends sometimes? What about?
  • Have you ever been betrayed by a friend?  Have you ever betrayed a friend?
  • What do you remember about your elementary school friendships? high school? university?
  • What do you think is different about friendships among men, among women, and between the two?
  • How does having a boyfriend or girlfriend affect your friendships?
  • How would you describe the difference in your feelings for friends vs. your feelings for family?
  • Do you think there are cultural variables to friendship?  How is friendship someone from your culture different from a friendship between someone who is not?