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Module 10 - Friendship: Circles of Reflection
Your family is not the only group of people who will have a significant impact on
your attitude and aptitude for success. Your friends greatly influence your life
choices as well.
For many teens, friendship is simply a bond with someone who is compatible and
makes a good companion—in other words, the people they hang out and have fun
with. True friendship has a deeper meaning, a capacity for a certain type of
platonic intimacy. There may be times when your best friends know your thoughts
before you have spoken them. You may often feel that they put your feelings
before their own. However, as you look to define friendship, recognize that the
people you choose to surround yourself with will have a direct impact on you and
the path you take.
You may hope to be accepted into a group, such as an exclusive and popular
clique. This is a perfectly reasonable desire. After all, we all often want to belong
and feel like we are part of something special or unique. Sometimes we also want to
be in a position of power or influence where we imagine others are envious of us.
Be careful, though. You must assess your surroundings and think about what
popularity will mean for your life. Will it make your environment positive or negative?
Mutual understanding and having your friends’ best interests at heart are equally
important. However, choose your friends for who they are as individuals, not
because they are popular. Choose friends who can and will support your journey and
help you maintain a positive pathway in life. Being popular is not always good and
being good is not always popular. You need to carefully examine why a group or
individual is popular or not. Once you have your answers, decide whether this
friendship will be good for you. This is a good example of Y- negative versus Ypositive thinking.
When you surround yourself with negative people—whether they are simply
pessimistic or downright destructive—you may limit your opportunities, both now
and in the future.
Alternatively, surrounding yourself with friends who have similar positive values and attitudes
and who can help you become the best possible version of yourself.

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