Friendship Closeness

Released Friday, 20th December 2019
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Close relationships bring us a lot of benefits, but do we know closeness is and what it feels like? In this episode, Alysa discusses a core concept of friendship, closeness, which may have an impact on us developing, maintaining, and terminating friendships. The episode includes a definition of closeness, how to measure closeness, how to request more closeness, and why closeness matters.
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