DEARSUGAR Needs Your Help: Are Cliques Always A Bad Thing?

Hey Everybody...DEARSUGAR and Exclusive Elaine need your help. What's your take on the positive and negative side of being in a clique?

Dear Sugar
I've got a fantastic group of girlfriends who really are like sisters to me. We go everywhere together and I feel extremely lucky to have such tight bonds with these smart and fun women.

The only problem I seem to be having with these girls is that they aren't very welcoming to anyone else that is not in our little inner circle. I've made several other friends through my involvement in activities in my community and I hate the fact that my girls aren't warm to them.

They feel we are enough for each other and they don't need or want any new friends. I can respect that, but I don't want to have to drop my other friends, do I? I wish they were more socially evolved. What can I say to them to help them to become more easygoing about new friends? Exclusive Elaine

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