Season 5, Episode 28 – Dr Em

Monica. Chandler. Rachel. Ross. Phoebe. Joey. We all love Friends. But what about friendSHIPS? Why are our friendships so important to us?

In this episode, Dr Emily explains everything – our different types of friends, why they matter SO much, and what it is about someone that makes us like them? (Spoiler alert: it’s got nothing to do with how impressive they are.)

To listen to Will McMahon’s Imperfects episode, follow this link:

To listen to 360’s Imperfects episode, follow this link:

To learn more and read some of Robin Dunbar’s research, follow these links: and

To learn more about William Rawlin’s work around expectations in friendships, follow this link:

To learn more about The Beautiful Mess Effect, follow this link:

For book recommendation, ‘Platonic, The Surprising New Science of Making and Keeping Friends As an Adult’, by Marisa Franco, follow this link:

The Imperfects is not a licensed mental health service and is not a substitute for professional mental health advice, treatment or assessment. The advice given in this episode is general in nature, but if you’re struggling, please see a healthcare professional, or call lifeline on 13 11 14.