Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Reflections on the Nature of Friendship: Book Review


Reflections on the Nature of Friendship

About the Book:
Dr. Daniel Cantor Yalowitz, psychologist and world-traveler, takes a deep look at friendship in this book, exploring what humans need and bring to their relationships. The book explores what connects people and what makes friendships work and thrive. 

Chapters in the book cover pertinent topics, such as intimacy, boundaries, conflict, and longing and belonging. The author includes three case studies of primary friendships in his own life. 

My Thoughts: I was excited to read this as, human friendships can be pretty complicated! I had expected to learn new and perhaps more effective ways of doing things in my relationships with my human friends. 

The book, though, was definitely not what I had expected. It is very analytical, in my opinion. 

For instance, before I read the chaper on boundaries, I had expected the author to not only define boundaries but also to share with readers how to set and implement healthy boundaries in friendships. There were definitions of different types of boundaries people have, such as walls, fences, gates, doors, etc. in this book. However, I found the explanations of these different types of boundaries rather vague. I think some clear, specific examples would have helped me understand the differences between the different types of boundaries he defines. I was disappointed that there were no tips or guidance on how to go about setting and maintaining healthy boundaries in friendships. 

The author did a great job of explaining our innate desire to connect with others, our desire to belong, and the importance of knowing oneself. 

The author includes thought-provoking quotes and poetry throughout the book, which I really enjoyed. 

Overall, though the book was more analytical and academic than I had expected, it does offer some valuable insights and thought-provoking questions. 

Daniel Cantor Yalowitz

About the Author: Daniel Cantor Yalowitz, Ed.D. is a developmental and intercultural psychologist and an international consultant/trainer focusing on team-building, human intelligences conflict transformation, and intercultural communication and competence. He focuses his work on building greater awareness and deeper awareness of the importance of creating sustainable relationships, especially meaningful friendships. He brings all these emphases into focus in his most recent book, Reflections on the Nature of Friendship. 

Connect with the author on: his website, Facebook, and Goodreads

You can buy the book on Amazon.


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FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of, "Reflections on the Nature of Friendship" by Daniel Cantor Yalowitz, Ed.D. for an honest review. Receiving a copy of the book did not influence my opinions in any way. All opinions expressed on FurEverywhere are my own. 

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  1. That sounds pretty interesting, it's a challenging topic.

  2. Great review. That sounds interesting. XO

  3. I think this would be very beneficial for people to read! Thanks for sharing!

  4. That sounds like a good read. Thank you for sharing your review!