After many years of friendship or following a major disagreement, the relationship can be strained and communication can be difficult.
VSCommunication is essential in a relationship, even more so if it is a relationship between besties. And so, when that communication breaks down, a friendship can break down or even be lost. To avoid this extreme, there is a solution: therapy with friends.
Breakups are a staple feature of any romantic comedy. But how to react when a breakup threatens a friendship? In the NPR podcast “Invisibilia: Therapy, with Friends,” psychologist Esther Perel helps two “best friends” get back together.
If a disagreement with a friend has lasted for a long time, is it necessary to consult a professional in order to develop a reconciliation? While this may seem like a silly question, it has become especially crucial during a pandemic, when the boundaries are constantly changing. In an article published in MIC, journalist Tracey Anne Duncan asks this question: “Should friends go to therapy?”
According to Shontel Cargill, an Atlanta friendship psychotherapist interviewed by HelloGiggles, “many of the issues that commonly arise in our romantic relationships – communication breakdowns and feelings of betrayal or neglect – can also arise in our friendships.”
What if I don’t get along with my best friend anymore?
After many years of friendship or following a major disagreement, the relationship can be strained and communication can be difficult. Psychologist Nicole Sbordone advises showing your friend that you are invested in your relationship by recording them and even inviting them to join you for a therapy session. “Just doing it can mean a lot and show your friends that you care,” the expert told Mic.
Going to therapy with your best friend doesn’t necessarily guarantee a successful reconciliation if the breaking point is crossed, but a session can also end a relationship. In the case of psychologist Esther Perel’s podcast, the two friends appear to be on the right track to rebuilding their relationship. The psychologist believes that the conversation they had eased many tensions and could facilitate future conversations that would allow them to rekindle their friendship.
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