This week’s question at The HerStories Project comes from a woman who feels that Ask Nina a Questiondespite having many acquaintances and social activities, she has no close friendships. She describes her friendships as shallow (the relationships, not the people).

I tried to help with some practical advice, but I also felt that her question highlighted some major assumptions she was making about people and about friendship in general. I’m hoping the angle I took in my answer to combat those assumptions will help as well.

Come and see if you can add some assistance, too. I love that this column has turned into a group discussion that helps the person asking the questions and all of us who like to take care of our relationships.

RANDOM REMINDERS

You can ask an anonymous friendship question here.
I keep a list of all the questions I’ve already answered here.
The radio podcasts are here.

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Nina Badzin is a freelance writer, an advice columnist at The HerStories Project, a book reviewer at greatnewbooks.org, and a co-founder of The Twin Cities Writing Studio. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.

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