I’m the sort of person who tends to have groups of friends that stay fairly separate from one another. I’ve got my friends from lab, from various online communities, and various other subdivisions of life. It’s always a little odd and a little stressful to me when disparate groups come into contact with one another, even when I’m fairly sure they’ll like one another. I feel responsibility to make sure everyone has fun, and I fret about anyone feeling like the odd one out, since that’s happened to me many times in the past.
How do you feel about different groups of your friends coming into contact with one another? What kinds of experiences have you had with this? Have you ever run into conflict, and if so, how did you deal with it?
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