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How Some Attachment Theorists Tried to Disparage Friendship – and Got Proven Wrong

Friendship may well be the most important relationship of the 21st century. As people spend more and more years of their adult lives single (and sometimes their entire lives), as family size shrinks, and as more and more people have no children at all, the place of friends in our lives grows in significance. Friendship is also important because the values at its core, such as equality, choice, flexibility, fluidity, and self-expression, are the values we often live by in 21st century...
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Love & Affection

How a Group of Married Therapists Confronted Their Prejudices Against Single Women

In a four-part series published here recently, I discussed an email sent to me by a mental health professional that was full of degrading and disproved claims about single people. Mental health professionals are swimming in the same pool of stereotypes and mythologies and ideologies as everyone else, so it is not altogether surprising that they absorb the prevailing prejudices.

Fortunately, some of them realize that there may be something wrong with the way they...
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