Friends & Family

Is Gossip Bad for Relationships?

Social scientists define gossip as 'sharing about people who aren't there'. So is gossip bad for relationships? Are there different types of gossip? Tara Thomas & Kia Handley discuss the gossip spectrum and how to be better at pro-social behaviours. [Includes audio & full transcript]
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Should You Keep That Old Friendship?

Friendships can change depending on the stage of your life, as well as whether you are both growing & changing at the same pace and in the same ways. One of the hardest things to know is when should you put the effort into maintaining an old friendship? And when is it time to let it go? The Sugar Doctor and Kia Handley talk about navigating friendship. [Includes audio & full transcript]
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Will Keeping a Secret End Your Relationship?

The 2021 Australia Talks survey has shown that between 9-14% of Australians (depending on age groups) are keeping a secret that they think would end a relationship within their family or with their partner. What are the considerations when you are deciding if it is a secret for keeping? or for sharing? The Sugar Doctor and Kia Handley discuss the complexities of keeping a secret. [Includes audio & full transcript]
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How To Protect Your Personal Boundaries as Restrictions Ease

Personal boundaries have changed rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kia Handley and The Sugar Doctor discuss how to identify and maintain our personal boundaries as restrictions ease. [Includes audio & full transcript]
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Smashed Glass symbolising fragile friendships

How Fragile are your Friendships?

How fragile are your friendships? I mean, let’s get really real here. How do you respond if someone doesn’t reply to your text? What do you do if it seems ‘hard’ to arrange a catch-up? Which of your invisible rules have you articulated to your friends? Are you flexible and generous in your interpretations? Get it off your…
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Yes and No Signs for creating boundaries

Hot Tips to Define Your Boundaries

How to define your boundaries is one of the trickiest things to navigate in a relationship; Even when we are clear about what our personal boundaries are, it can still be a challenge to articulate and maintain them with others. Qualitative researcher, Dr Brené Brown, says that according to her research, the primary reasons people…
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