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Reflections On How We Live$
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Annette Baier

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.001.0001

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How to Lose Friends

How to Lose Friends

Some Simple Ways

(p.230) 13 How to Lose Friends
Reflections On How We Live

Annette C. Baier

Oxford University Press

This chapter talks about losing friends, either through death, physical distance, increasing sourness, or quarrel. Friendship usually begins in shared beliefs, interests, and tastes, but, if it is to last, it requires some sympathetic sharing of the friend's interests. However, friendship can have a dramatic ending in a charge of treachery. The self-disclosure that is typical of friendship makes friends vulnerable to each's special knowledge of the other, which can lead to charges of betrayal when the knowledge has been misused.

Keywords:   losing friends, distance, sourness, shared beliefs, treachery, self-disclosure, betrayal

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