The struggle of making friends as an adult | onePodcast #16


🎙️ This week's onePodcast share is Therapy for Black Girls

About the show: The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves. Hosted by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia.

Which episode should you listen to? Session 118: Making Friends As An Adult

Why? You know how in high school and college you are sorta forced into classrooms with other students? In classrooms you may interact with other students when being placed into groups for an activity or sharing last week’s class notes, and maybe these small interactions over a semester evolve into a friendship. Pretty common.

But then, we leave college. And making friends becomes a little harder. Nowadays, most people are staring down at their phone hoping for no interaction at all. Which is okay, but it makes pretty darn hard to approach strangers even if it’s for a simple question because we don’t want to bother them.

In this episode, Dr. Joy and Dr. Franco dive into why it’s so hard making friends in adult life. There’s many factors around why organically making friends or starting relationships jumps to a new level.

As adults, if we want to make friends we need to be super proactive by putting ourselves in situations where we can meet people in settings where there is shared vulnerability and unplanned interactions. We have to truly and intentionally put ourselves out there to meet new people that have shared interests and work to evolve that into a friendship.

There’s a lot more to this. It’s super interesting so definitely give the episode a listen below!

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