"Friends Are Essential"
Hi guys and girls. In this mytake I will be covering the emotional and cognitive benefits of having friends and it's positive impact on mental health. Before I begin, I want to make it clear that not all friends are considered good friends. But for those who have good friends these are the potential psychology benefits. This is not an all inclusive list just the top 5 reasons. Please feel free to drop additional reasons in the comments section. If you need help identifying toxic people please review 8 Types Of Toxic People
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1. Identity/Character Development
Early childhood development begins with education and meaningful connections. As we get older the ones we have surrounded ourselves by and the environment we live in creates a certain character and identity. Once we reach adolescent stage we are looking to form an identity and purpose. Friends can help us to identify our own morals and values and even discover our life purpose. You will meet friends that have such a positive influence and create ethical and morally solid character traits. This is also known as a role model.
Support can come from many sources. Having the support of a trusted friend can make life easier. One of the easiest coping skills to utilize would be asking for support and reaching out during a tough time. Being heard, validated, and understood reduces stress and improves self esteem. So speak up and get support from a friend. These friends will listen to your problems and support you in any way that you need. Some of these friends can be more supportive than your family members which is why they are so valuable.
Friends can validate our thoughts, actions, and feelings. Validation is the "recognition or affirmation that a person or their feelings or opinions are valid or worthwhile". When we feel understood and heard it can positively impact our confidence. "You are right and did nothing wrong"
Many of us struggle to make and maintain a romantic relationship. Friendships are easier to maintain and are less demanding than romantic ones. They can fulfill the need for human connection and companionship without all the complications of romance. Sometimes romance will cloud a friendly connection which is why they have the Friend Zoned.
Compassion is "sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it". This means that good friends will attempt to acknowledge and help problem solve your insecurities and low self esteem. You can tell them you feel ugly and a friend will tell you you're not. When you feel inadequate they will make you feel worthy and loved. These friends will be able to show you compassion when you cannot do it for yourself.
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