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    The Importance of a Strong Social Network
    Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD posted:
    Although you don't need to be a social butterfly, it is important to have a strong social network to support you during difficult times and celebrate with you during the good times.

    While this might seem obvious, there are times when people steer clear of others. For instance, they might repeatedly choose work over their social life, withdraw into a depression, and shy away from others in order to avoid rejection. All of these reasons for avoiding others are understandable, but they usually lead to some measure of unhappiness. On the other hand, persistently encouraging yourself to reach out to others, being open to what they have to offer, and learning to be resilient to rejection can be life-saving.

    Can you relate to this topic?
    Have there been times when you've struggled with being alone and helped yourself by reaching out to others?
    What advice do you have for others or how can others help you with this now?

    If you would like to read more in detail about this topic in my The Art of Relationships blog, click here.

    Dr. Becker-Phelps's discussions and her responses in those discussions are for general educational purposes only. If you need help for an emotional or behavioral problem, please seek the assistance of a psychologist or other qualified mental health professional.

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