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Your boyfriend is your good friend and a wonderful romantic partner. No relationship problems there.

You Need Other Friends, Too

Your boyfriend is your ONLY friend. This worries me a little. Let me count the ways:

  1. There is way too much pressure on your boyfriend to fulfill your every need. As your sole friend, he is responsible for every one of your social interactions. This is too much for one person to handle.
  2. You are missing chances to develop friendships with many great people. Romances are exciting and fun, but friendships truly make your life rich and meaningful.
  3. In the event that you and your boyfriend decided to split up, you would be left entirely without friends to get you through it. I am so lucky to have family and friends who nursed my miserable self through countless break-ups. I don't know what I would have done without them.

I realize that you were hurt by some housemates, but that happens to all of us at one time or another. If you are truly afraid to develop friendships with anyone other than your boyfriend, please see a counselor. Most colleges have counselors who offer free therapy to students. Call the health service or ask any staff member about it. You've got a lot to offer some new friends.

Mare

 

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