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Why Is It So Hard To Make Friends As An Adult? – Mark Shapiro (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Dr. Mark Shapiro’s talk titled “Why Is It So Hard To Make Friends As An Adult?” at TEDxSonomaCounty 2024 conference.

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TRANSCRIPT:

The Challenge of Making Friends as an Adult

Making friends as an adult is hard. Have you ever heard this before? Have you ever felt this before? This idea that making friends as an adult is hard? I have been hearing this for years. I have been feeling this for years. This idea that making friends as an adult is hard. And it begs the question, why?

Why is this dynamic that is so important to us, that is so much fun, that generates so many wonderful experiences, become so difficult? I’m 47 years old. I like to think that I’m an affable guy and a good hang. Obviously, I’m a bit of an extrovert.

And yet we have this feeling that making friends as an adult is difficult. There’s a powerful juxtaposition here as well. We’ve got to remember we’re on the grounds of a primary school. And this might take at least some of us back to a time and a place where all that we may have needed for friendship formation was some time on the playground at recess, maybe a little bit of sunshine, and walking up to someone else and saying, “Do you want to play?”

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