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The Paper Plate Theory of Friendship

When I was younger, my aunt shared with me this idea of friendship categories when discussing the many types of friendships I was experiencing. This "theory" on categorization was really helpful, and it is something I often share with clients, specifically adolescent clients, that are trying to navigate their friendships. I feel that it is an important idea, and can be extremely helpful in understanding expectations/boundaries in relationships. So what's this theory?? I like to call it "the paper plate theory of friendship". If you think about a kitchen in your house, it's typically where many people come together when you are having people over, as most people tend to socialize around food.

 

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