5 Types of Friends Everyone Should Have
Jerry had George, Kramer, and Elaine. Carrie had Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte. They knew, as you do, that one person can’t fulfill every friendship function. Here, experts weigh in on the key personalities you shouldn’t be without.
One characteristic we underrate in a friend is the ability to be brutally honest. That’s why I’ve always admired the friendship
of the women’s rights leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. They led very different lives. Anthony was single;
Stanton, a married mother of seven. And they continually and vociferously argued about temperance, abolition, sexual rights,
and suffrage. But because they were able to challenge and educate each other, they accomplished much for females in the United
States. It’s also why they remained close, trusted friends for more than half a century.
Mary Ann Dzuback, Ph.D., is the director of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Washington University, in St. Louis.
Every woman needs a “hot mess” friend—by which I mean a friend you can be a complete wreck in front of. This pal can drop
in unannounced when you’re looking your worst. You haven’t showered and the house is a total disaster, but she won’t judge
you. More important, she’ll let you be emotional when you’re at a low point. Recently I was at dinner with a friend when I
got the call that I hadn’t landed a big acting job. I tried to pretend that it was no big deal, but she didn’t buy it. She
said, “I’d rather you talk about being bummed than wear a fake smile all night.” And so I vented my frustration at not getting
the job, and she really listened. We all need a friend who hangs in there even when we’re not at our best.
Ariane Price is a member of The Groundlings, a famed improv troupe in Los Angeles. She blogs about her life at Tales of a Real Hollywood Mom.