About Consequential Strangers

How To Find Happiness on Social Networks, by Philip Moeller, U.S. News & World Report, March 19, 2012, reprinted on Chicago Tribune online.

Strangers Are the New Friends by Mark Smith, The Scotland Herald, September 13, 2010.

Do You Want to Be in My Gang? by Fleur Britton, The Sunday Times (London), August 29, 2010.

21 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections by Melinda Blau,

Between the Lines: Weak Ties That Bind by Tom Vannah, The Valley Advocate, November 26, 2009.

Window Watchers in a City of Strangers by Julie Scelfo, New York Times, November 11, 2009.

How Do You Rank Your Friends? by Asmaa Malik, The Montreal Gazette (print and online version), November 7, 2009.   This article was the first by Malik for her monthly Status Update column–“a look at the new ways that technology has us communicating–and relating to each other.”

Consequential Strangers:  They’re Everywhere, CityFile New York (  September 29, 2009.

The Importance of Consequential Strangers by Andrea Sachs, Time website ( September 22, 2009.

Do You Want the People on the Periphery of Your Life to Become More Consequential? by Bella DePaulo, PhD., Psychology Today website (, September 5, 2009.  Reader’s comments can be seen here

We’re Even Crowdsourcing Bookstore Appearances Now,” Galley Cat, August 26, 2009.  An online blog, Galley Cat calls itself  “the first word on the publishing industry.”

Consequential Strangers: The Power of People Who Don’t Seem to Matter…But Really Do, Fire Island Tide, August 14, 2009.  The Tide serves all the local communities on Fire Island, a sliver of beach in the Atlantic Ocean, south of Long Island, New York.  PDF

The Pauses That Refresh Us,  by Abigail Trafford, The Washington Post, August 11, 2009. PDF (Reprinted in the Hartford Courant, August 19, 2009.  PDF)

By Melinda Blau

Selected articles available on line:

Body Myth, Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Quarterly, Spring 2011.

“Collaborative Conversation” series for Part 1, Why the Art of Conversation is Key to Sharing, April 18, 2011, Part 2, Why Can’t We Just Get Along and Share?, April 25, 2011; Part 3, How to Share in a Dialogue Despite Differences, May 2, 2011.

Books or Bytes: Are You Ready for the Future?, Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Quarterly, Winter 2010.

The Relationship Revolution, The Psychotherapy Networker, September 9, 2010

It Takes a Village (to Raise a Dog), Shareable: Design for a Shareable World, May 5, 2010.

The Audacity of Hype, Publisher’s Weekly, January 24, 2010  (PDF of piece as it appeared in PW.)

The Third Home Comes Within Reach, The New York Times, December 23, 2005.

Learning Curve, New York, June 9, 2003.

The Doubles Standard, New York, April 7, 1997.

I Can See Clearly Now: The Latest Eye Laser Surgery, New York, March 10, 1997.

Things of This World, The New York Times, Op-Ed Page, December 21, 1996.

Mean Sex, New York (cover), November 28, 1994.

A.D.D.: The Scariest Letters in the Alphabet, New York (cover), December 13, 1993.

Close Encounters: How to Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse, New York, November 16, 1992.

Recovery Fever, New York (cover), September 9, 1991.

In It Together: For Some Problems Family Therapy Works Best, New York, September 4, 1989.

Learning the Hard Way: How To Help Children Triumph Over Learning Disabilities, New York, September 26, 1988.

Middle-Class Mice: And How to Get Rid of Them, New York, December 12, 1988.

Conquering Pain: New Treatments, New Hope, New York (cover), March 22, 1982.

What All Child Travelers and Their Parents Should Know, New York Times, August 23, 1979.

When Children Are Houseguests for a Weekend, The New York Times, July 12, 1979.

By Karen L. Fingerman

Please visit her publications page on the Purdue University Adult Family Research site.