Friendships are fundamental to all of our well-being. During adolescence, friendships are even more important, but often harder to negotiate. Adolescence involves both biological changes (puberty) but also social changes; teenagers shift their sense of attachment and identify from parental family to their peer group. Peer group inclusion and approval is therefore particularly important. Exclusion, embarrassment, shame and humiliation are powerful and toxic experiences for any adolescent.
Biases in each of the four steering skills can causes specific difficulties in friendship forming. For example, a child who is highly self-disclosing can alienate friends by talking too much and not keeping confidences. Or a child who has a low trust in others can take offence and be prickly, falling out with people. Or a child who has a bias toward high seeking change can flit, not learning to build and stick with long term and deeper relationships.
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- The articles on this page support children with patterns of behaviour which are known to be particularly associated with problems in forming friendships.