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When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do | Part Six

This is Part Six of a seven-part series published over seven consecutive weeks.  So how can we manage social distance, especially when we wish to be closer than does the other person?  Desiring, Not Insisting  Desiring to be close to a friend, family member or intimate partner is OK—in fact, it’s a sublime representation of two inherent characteristics of ourselves we never […]

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When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do | Part Six

Learning grace can help us find balance within our desire for social connection. Read more from Anthony Silard’s latest article in Psychology Today, here.

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When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do | Part Five

This is Part Five of a seven-part series published over seven consecutive weeks.  “OK, I get it,” you may be thinking. “But why does this happen to me time and time again. I’m tired of feeling rejected.”   The Journey from Rejection to Acceptance  Remember that the opposite of rejection is acceptance. While rejection certainly stings, like acceptance it is part and parcel […]

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When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do | Part Four

This is Part Four of a seven-part series published over seven consecutive weeks.   A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.  — Elbert Hubbard  One morning about five years ago, I called my wife. She was visiting her family in central Mexico with our two children. She had been there for the previous two weeks. […]

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When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do | Part Three, in Psychology Today

Have you ever felt your relationships a little off-balance? Anthony Silard’s recent article in Psychology Today might help. Read more here.

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When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do | Part Three

This is Part Three of a seven-part series published over seven consecutive weeks.  At any point in time, some of our friends desire to be closer to us and some wish for more distance. The irony of craving for less social distance from specific friends is that there are other friends who desire the same from us whom we routinely ignore.   […]

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When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do | Part Two

This is Part Two of a seven-part series published over seven consecutive weeks.  We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world,  and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.   — Robert Louis Stevenson   The next morning, as I was walking Alex to the school bus, I asked him, “Do you remember this past […]

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When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do | Part Five

A user’s guide to managing social distance: Part two of Dr. Anthony Silard’s series in Psychology Today. Read more here.

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When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do | Part One

This is Part One of a seven-part series published over seven consecutive weeks.  This past weekend, my son Alex had his first sleepover. A new friend from his elementary school, Chris, spent a good part of the weekend playing with him and his younger sister, Chloe; well, mostly with him, as they both did their best to avoid […]

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When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do

Have you ever felt that you pushed a relationship too far? Dr. Silard’s latest in Psychology Today has some great insight for you. Read more here.

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