Do your friends inspire you, or do they hold you back? Are they there when you need them, or do they let you down? Or maybe you don’t have anyone you can really call a friend at all?

It’s no secret that your typical quiet introvert often has a harder time finding a social group than your average chatty extrovert.

But FRIENDS—along with DATING and WORK (the 3 Pillars that make up the foundation of Introvert Unbound)—are a basic human need without which even the most extreme introvert cannot thrive.

The sad truth is that the older we get, the tougher it can be to make new friends. If you’re having a hard time finding those with whom you connect, have mutual respect, and genuinely like being around, it’s time to make some changes.

Funny as it sounds, there are a lot of parallels between making friends and dating. Both involve finding where you fit, honing your social intelligence, and learning how to communicate who you truly are.

With coaching from Introvert Unbound, you can go from feeling held back—or even left out—in your social life to having a blast with a core group of friends who share common interests and values, and who are more than happy to lend a helping hand when times get tough.