Do you recog­nise your own life in these pages? Take this quick self-test, cre­ated by psy­chol­o­gist Rob Ste­wart, to as­sess whether your per­sonal ties need strength­en­ing

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How of­ten do you spend more than two hours talk­ing with your friends? When you’re stressed or strug­gling, how many friends would you feel com­fort­able turn­ing to? How well do you know your clos­est friend? A– In­side out B– Less than you used to C– You’re out of touch A– Ev­ery week B– Ev­ery month C– Less of­ten A– Three or more B– One or two C– None of them


How of­ten do you can­cel plans with friends for work or other com­mit­ments? A– Rarely B– Oc­ca­sion­ally C– Of­ten


Which of these words best de­scribes the ma­jor­ity of your so­cial in­ter­ac­tions? A– Mean­ing­ful B– Ca­sual C– Per­for­ma­tive Ste­wart says: “If you an­swered B and C for most of these ques­tions, con­sider the ex­tent to which you may have de­pri­ori­tised your close friend­ships. Treat it as you would a work as­sign­ment. De­cide how many hours you could com­fort­ably put aside each week to meet your friends, and how you’d like to spend time with them – then book it in. Try not to worry if you haven’t seen them in a while. Men are quite for­giv­ing and can pick up where things left off, even if years have passed.”

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