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That means some friendships morph over time after people get married, for example, plutonic friends start to fill different needs in our lives and some friendships just fizzle out and end. One of the biggest reasons we become friends with people in the first place is physical proximity, explains Mahzad Hojjat, PhD, Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and co-editor of "The Psychology of Friendship," says.
Numerous studies back this up. People who are like us tend to like us because whatever we share helps validate our own tastes, values and preferences — and fill a practical need, Hojjat says. If we both like to play tennis, if we become friends we have a new tennis partner. If we like horror movieswe now have someone to watch them with.
And throughout life, the roles our friends play in our lives also change.
For example, when we get married or become parents, we need friends who do the same because we bond over the challenges those changes bring. People who are like us tend to like us because whatever we share helps validate our own tastes, values and preferences — and fill a practical need.
But, for all the same reasons friendships begin, friendships end, too, Degges-White says. Some friendships will inevitably just fade away when circumstance like a job changes or you stop going to those kickboxing classes.
And in other cases, you may be better off intentionally putting less effort into a friendship. Ask yourself: Are you better off with them or without them? Stay resilient. Sometimes you just need to cut your friends some slack, adds Degges-White. And remember: Always be thoughtful about ending friendship, says Levine.
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