Make New Friends

Mary Akemon & Sienna Mooney


Make New Friends is a weekly podcast about the trials and tribulations found in the realm of friendship. Join Mary Akemon and Sienna Mooney every Wednesday as they search for the meaning of true friendship, all while sharing research, advice, and emb...Show More

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Ep. 24. Be Your Own BFF

55:29 | Dec 27th, 2017

Do you treat yourself the way you'd treat your BFF? Of course we all want to believe that we show ourselves as much kindness as we show our BFFs, however we may not actually have the best relationship.

Ep. 23. When To Let A Friendship Go

46:50 | Dec 20th, 2017

Are all friendships built to last? There are numerous red flags to look out for which may signal that the friendship has reached its expiration date and it's time to let the friendship go.

Ep. 22. Bad Friendship Habits

1:00:59 | Dec 13th, 2017

Not every friendship is perfect, but some are fraught with bad habits. Mary and Sienna discuss bad friendship habits and offer tips for breaking them.

Ep. 21. Pets as Friends!

42:27 | Dec 6th, 2017

There are numerous benefits of having pets, but can pets really be seen as friends? In this episode, Mary and Sienna look at research and share their own pet stories!

Ep. 20. Can Family Be Friends?

51:25 | Nov 29th, 2017

Every family has a different dynamic, but can family members be considered friends? Mary and Sienna explore the meaning of family intimacy and closeness.

Ep. 19. Are You My BFF?

56:15 | Nov 22nd, 2017

When someone says "I consider you my best friend" with seemingly no warning, it can be a little difficult to know how to respond in the correct way. Mary and Sienna discuss how they define a BFF.

Ep. 18. Do Opposites Attract?

52:39 | Nov 15th, 2017

Can opposite personalities really get along, or are they doomed from the start? Mary and Sienna explore the unique balancing act of opposite friends.

Ep. 17. Friends in the Workplace

56:54 | Nov 8th, 2017

Some people avoid developing work friends at all costs. As it turns out, work friends can be a great motivator, but how? Mary and Sienna take a closer look at friends in the workplace.

Ep. 16. Friends or Acquaintances: What’s the Difference?

44:48 | Nov 1st, 2017

Is there a difference between friends and acquaintances? Can acquaintances become good friends? Short answer: yes! Mary and Sienna share some useful tips on bridging that gap between "acquaintance" and "friend".

Ep. 15. Historic and Famous Friendships

48:05 | Oct 25th, 2017

Why are historic and famous friendships so alluring? Does the media portray friendships differently to relationships? Mary and Sienna discuss.

Ep. 14. Films About Friendship

39:45 | Oct 18th, 2017

On the big screen a broken friendship can be mended in a matter of moments. Mary and Sienna discuss some of their favorite films featuring strong friendship themes.

Ep. 13. Tips for Becoming a Better Quality Friend

50:35 | Oct 11th, 2017

We've all been the "bad friend" at one time or another. In this episode, Mary and Sienna share tips on becoming a better quality friend.

Mid-season Break – Q&A Episode!

44:45 | Sep 6th, 2017

Mary and Sienna define the meaning of "friendship" and give some advice about staying in touch with friends in this special mid-season break Q&A episode!

Ep. 12. BFF Break-Up: Why it Hurts, How To Recover

50:27 | Aug 23rd, 2017

If you've experienced a BFF break-up you'll know all too well just how much it can hurt. In this episode, Mary and Sienna offer insight as to why that is and go over some tips for recovery.

Ep. 11. Is Your Friend Ghosting You?

50:32 | Aug 16th, 2017

Ghosting is when someone completely disappears out of your life and it's almost as if they were never there to begin with. Mary and Sienna discuss why it sucks and how to handle it.

Ep. 10. Lifelong Friends: Friendship Over Space and Time

35:03 | Aug 9th, 2017

Mary and Sienna define what lifelong friends are, discuss their experiences with them, and talk about how you can stay in touch as your lives change.

Ep. 9. Staying Connected: Online vs Offline

43:01 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Mary and Sienna compare and contrast online and offline friendships, discussing the importance of recognizing the differences between the two.

Ep. 8. Friend Poaching and Separating Friend Groups

30:26 | Jul 26th, 2017

Friend poaching is when two groups of friends begin hanging out without you after you introduce them and it can be very hurtful. Mary and Sienna discuss.

Ep. 7. Frenemies and Fair-weather Friends

37:45 | Jul 19th, 2017

Are your friends talking behind your back or flaking out on plans? Mary and Sienna share some expert tips on how to deal with frenemies and fair-weather friends.

Ep. 6. Drinking Buddies

48:24 | Jul 12th, 2017

It's no secret that alcohol is a social lubricant and can ease anxiety in a social setting, but drinking can sometimes make it too easy to overshare information.

Ep. 5. Neighborhood Friends

47:13 | Jul 5th, 2017

If you get locked out of the house, neighborhood friends can be super helpful, but is that all they're good for? Mary and Sienna discuss.

Ep. 4. Summer Camp Friends

43:31 | Jun 28th, 2017

Summer camp is a magical time to make friends and form bonds, but do those bonds stand the test of time once camp is over? Mary and Sienna share their experiences in this episode of Make New Friends.

Ep. 3. School Friends: Elementary through University

59:10 | Jun 21st, 2017

For many, school is likely the number one place to make new friends, but for some it's not always a walk in the park. Mary and Sienna discuss in Episode 3.

Ep. 2. Friendship Style: Who We Are as Friends

1:01:49 | Jun 14th, 2017

Mary and Sienna compare and contrast their friendship styles before diving deep into some friendship quizzes!

Ep. 1. Make New Friends: Easier Said Than Done

36:20 | Jun 6th, 2017

In this, the inaugural episode of Make New Friends, Mary and Sienna introduce themselves and offer a little insight into what you can expect to hear over the course of Season 1, as well as discuss why it's so dang difficult to make new friends!