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“In this marvelous book, Beverly Fehr presents a comprehensive and richly detailed examination of what scholars have learned about the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of friendships…. Overall, a model of careful scholarship, clear writing, and good sense. For anyone studying friendships, there is no better place to start. This is perhaps the best book of its kind.” --Choice Friends are an integral part of our lives--they sometimes replace family relationships and often form the basis for romantic relationships. Friendship Processes, new in the Sage Series on Close Relationships, examines exactly how friends give meaning to our lives and why we rely so heavily on them. Broad in its coverage, the book is process oriented and research based with each phase of the friendship process documented ...

Friendship Formation
Friendship formation

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

—Dale Carnegie (1936, p. 58)

This chapter focuses on the process of friendship formation. The basic question to be answered is: How do friendships get started? Showing an interest in other people is certainly part of friendship formation as Dale Carnegie says, but other factors are important as well. Specifically, for a friendship to begin, four kinds of factors must converge: environmental (being in the same place at the same time), individual, situational, and dyadic. Each set of factors will be discussed in turn, along with relevant supporting research. Then, research that has examined these ...

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