One of the things that stand out about the Pattersons is how few friends they have nowadays. If you were to ask them why this is, they'd either deny they were isolated or boast about being self-sufficient. What they wouldn't do is admit that they don't understand friendship well at all. This is especially true for Liz. Back in high school, she only had one really close friend: Dawn Enjo. What's worse, she was always on the verge of pushing her away because she "betrayed her trust" by associating with other people. That's right. The clingy nuisance thought that she should have Dawn all to herself and reacted to anything that would expand her circle of friends with huffiness and whining about how nobody liked her. It took her a year to warm up to Shawna-Marie because she couldn't see past her fear of rejection and until University until she stopped giving Candace the hairy eyeball. Her in-built feelings of inadequacy coupled with her narcissism ensured that she'd have no real social life even if her parents thought she needed one. After all, she had the smothering embrace of family to choke out any potential that wouldn't glorify Elly so what did she need to have friends for?