I Don’t Have Any Close Friends, But Is That A Problem?

Last updated by Katie M.

Don’t get the wrong idea, it’s not that I spend my days alone, tucked away in my corner, without saying a word. I do in fact have a couple of people I can call if I want to go out for a drink, but I don't really have what I could class as close girlfriends, or a ‘second family’ as some say. Why is this? Have I been doing something wrong over the years that’s been pushing people away? Is it my bad temper that repels people? Or, is it more a case of life getting in the way and pushing us apart? That being said, can not having hundreds of pals really constitute to a serious problem or mean you are odd?

I Don’t Have Any Close Friends, But Is That A Problem?

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Over time, acquaintances have replaced real friends

In the schoolyard, I made friends in no time at all. A brief presentation was enough for us, then we make up our secret handshake and the deal was done. We’d remain there for each other until death do us part, or more realistically until the end of high school.

Then came college, with its classes of 150 students (whose names I never remembered) and its 30 hours of shared lectures, whilst all the students sat in silence, before leaving each one alone. It’s true, as we grow up, we develop a certain mistrust towards others, when it's not a matter of rivalry between girls, or a difficulty to open up with those you don't know very well, it's hard to forge ties!

Friends

Today as an adult, I don't have any friends, although for my that means that I don’t have people I consider as my sisters, like lots of people around me. But, I’m not exactly lonely either because I have a lot of people I chat with at work, at the coffee shop, or while practicing my hobbies. Plus, I never seem to spend a Saturday night alone, crying into a tub of ice cream.

>>> Discover the 10 signs your friendships aren't healthy

Whose fault is it? Are my actions to blame?

Certain folks often find themselves wind up with no friends because they are simply unfriendly. They’re always grumbling, judging others and dwelling on details. They are probably too closed-minded to even start a conversation, which all in all makes them hard to approach... Their company is neither recommended nor desired, although, the good news is that it can be worked on.

I could also have no close girlfriends out of choice, especially if I am an introverted solitary being, with selfish tendencies. Like people who have chosen to remain single, I like to do things my own way and I don't need anyone else. I prefer to go to the mall alone and at my own pace. At the theater or in a restaurant, I often feel better off without the presence of someone constantly talking to me.

If I don’t find myself in any of these cases, then it may also be that I have difficulties to reach out to others. Perhaps shyness gets the better of me and that I need to work on my self-esteem too? But for that too, there are therapies.

>>> Read up on our tips to make new friends as an adult

To grow up is to create one's own life...

It is in this sense that I've decided not to blame myself... Now that I have become an adult, I am able to realize that it is not a serious problem if I want to distance myself from others. Everyone has their own life and their own occupations!

The secret of happiness is to rely on yourself and follow your own desires. I settled in a city that I like and chose to step out of my comfort zone. I also chose my job and my activities according to what I liked and what I was good at. For me, this is the best way to avoid disappointment.

Thanks to my partner (who, by the way, often involves me into his circle of pals) or my close family, I am never really alone. I can't predict who I will talk to later, and whether the people I've been with for a drink afterwards will be the same ones tomorrow.

>>> Find out what I do when I feel lonely

What are the effects of not having friends? - Feeling lonely is bad for your health

Moreover, whether it is intended or not, the absence of social interactions can have negative physical and moral impacts. People feel less lonely and sad when they have people to spend time with. Similarly, stressful times and difficult periods are more bearable when you have friends to rely on. It has even been proven that being socially active can lead to a longer and better life. How does this work? Well, quite simply by reducing heart problems and the risk of cancer, among other things. In addition, being able to go out with friends from time to time and have fun contributes to fulfillment and happiness. It is even thought that it can also have beneficial effects on cognitive functions.

The editor’s opinion - You really only have two close friends

Today, more and more people recognize that they don't have "real" friends beyond their social network contacts. The accumulation of false ties is at the expense of closer friendships. Dr. Will Reader, PhD in Psychology, points out that ‘when friendships are born outside the virtual world, the virtual world can help maintain relationships, but real connections are scarce and valuable. That's why it's important to take a step toward reaching out to others and return to simple, sincere relationships.’

In any case, don't feel guilty because most adults only have two close friends and this doesn't make them weird or odd. Life is made up of encounters, and we must take advantage of the present moment and enjoy time with the people who are on our paths.

🤗 Understand yourself, accept yourself, be happy... Let’s do it here and now!

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