Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Frientimacy

Some of you know how much I enjoy words. Certainly I’ve done my part to create new ones (sometimes on purpose, sometimes by accident). Frientimacy, the intimacy between friends, is a new word recently coined by Shasta Nelson, author of the book Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends and founder of GirlFriendCircles.com, a women’s friendship matching site in 35 U.S. and Canadian cities. If you’ve kept up on anti-aging and health-promoting strategies, you already know the importance of having a circle of genuine friends. I was glad to note the author included a chapter on forgiveness, a necessary skill of friendship, which goes right along with the Forgiveness Trilogy in my latest Brain Bulletin. Although the literature suggests that women typically have more friends (as compared with males), many women were socialized to compete with other females for male attention, which does little to develop genuine friendships. This might be a good time to think about your brain and frientimacy. . .

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