Tara Parker-Pope
2 minute read
9 Dec 2019
4:27 pm

How to be a better friend

Tara Parker-Pope

A number of studies show that we form deeper connections when we reveal our opinions and feelings rather than just basic facts about our lives.

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At the core of every friendship is the concept of self-disclosure, which occurs when one person reveals something personal to another. Self-disclosure is the building block of intimacy and usually leads to the other person revealing something personal as well. If you feel that a friendship lacks a true connection, ask yourself how much you’ve revealed to your friend, and how much he or she has revealed back to you. A number of studies show that we form deeper connections when we reveal our opinions and feelings rather than just basic facts about our lives. The behavioural economist Dan Ariely...