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Dec 21, 2018

Do you consider LeBron James or Meredith Grey to be your friends? If you feel connections with characters or media personalities like them, you may have parasocial relationships. These friendships, although are one-sided, can provide us with benefits similar to, but not as intense and important as our primary interpersonal relationships. Join Alysa as she explores our connections to such folks, and how these parasocial friendships can help us and, potentially, hurt us. 

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