(last updated on April 29, 2014)
According to three researchers, the easiest way to make friends is to dislike the same things. Excerpt: “We found a very robust tendency for people to mention more negative than positive attitudes about other people,” Bosson says, and the closer the friends were, the more negative attitudes toward others that they shared. Apparently, stronger feelings are associated with things we dislike than things we feel good about, and that creates a bond. Is it true? As positive as I try to be, I must admit that when expressing why I have certain values, it often is in terms of what it is that I believe is wrong. Maybe it’s time to rethink this. Seen on the New York Times Online via the Hill Holliday company blog.