The Importance of My Women Friendships

I like this a lot. I treasure my female friendships very much, but sometimes the friendships end. Sometimes because of circumstance, sometimes because of problems.

Living on the Circumference

One of my closest girlfriends ghosted me about a year ago. The last time I saw her, she introduced me to her new “boyfriend” as her “best friend forever”. Since then, I haven’t seen or heard a word from her. We shared confidences, took road trips, met for lunch or coffee regularly, and we were a support system for one another. I went through her divorce with her – emotionally and in court, helped her move twice – packed boxes and carried them together, and encouraged her through mid-life college as she prepared for a career post-divorce.

According to Deborah Tannen, author of You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships, women are far less likely than men to explain why they break up with a friend. The reason is that women prefer to avoid confrontation, so our friend doesn’t have the opportunity…

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