Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

Safe Friends

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “God evidently does not intend us all to be rich, or powerful, or great, but he does intend us all to be friends.” Being a friend means that you commit yourself to a growing, two-way relationship. It is through transparent, honest, open, trusting, and vulnerable relationships that we develop friendships. George […]

“Fair Weather Friends”

Nobody wants “fair weather friends.” Fair weather friends are like our shadow. As long as there is sunshine, they stick close by, but the minute we step into the shade, they disappear. We need true or “foul weather friends” who love us regardless of circumstances and seek to cultivate mutual acceptance and respect. Mary Hughes […]

Our Expectations of a Perfect Friend

Robert Lewis Stevenson wrote, “All men have their frailties, and whoever looks for a friend without imperfection will never find what he seeks.” All of us have a variety of expectations for friendship. We all have an “internal measuring stick” whereby we compare and contrast one with another. Establishing a lasting friendship necessitates that we […]

Golden Rules of Friendship

By Daniel W. Trathen, D. Min. Ph. D.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” I have encountered people who were discouragement because they didn’t have friends. They felt sorry for themselves because they were not sought out by others and were afraid of taking the […]