High School Opposites

Im reading the Social Animal by David Brooks and he starts talking about Tom Wolfe’s theory of high school opposites. It’s saying that in HS we fall into our friendship circles and can identify who are our friend and our opposite along with the traits each have. It seems that the comfort we have with our friends and the distinction made between us and others stay with us. Wolfe claims our adult interactions are heavily influenced by HS experiences. Actually, people will form ideas or hold conflicting views with their HS opposites in mind–subconsciously (hopefully). It really interesting to think about how we fit with other people and how future interactions are so reliant upon early life. You can see Vanessa Van Edwards’s article to see the idea broken down further.


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