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Author Irene S. Levine, PhD, is The Friendship Doctor, dispensing expert advice on The Friendship Blog.

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In the Media: Challenges of making midlife friendships (Today.com)

May 25, 2016 | By | Reply Continue Reading
In the Media: Challenges of making midlife friendships (Today.com)

On the Today Show, Joan Lunden reported on an experiment that suggests that close midlife friendships may help minimize anxiety and stress.

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My distant friend

May 23, 2016 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

A friend has remained distant over a 45-year relationship.

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Can’t seem to make friends

May 20, 2016 | By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

A woman with chronic fatigue and history of depression can’t seem to make friends.

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An unexpected wedding invitation: Do we need to send a gift?

May 17, 2016 | By | 19 Replies Continue Reading

When a couple gets an unexpected wedding invitation from friends who are only casual acquaintances, they wonder whether they are obliged to send a wedding gift.

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Feeling depressed and uneasy with friends

May 15, 2016 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

If you feel depressed and uneasy with friends, you need to address the depression first.

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A couple cuts off contact

May 14, 2016 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

A woman is left baffled when her fiancé’s friend and his wife cut off contact.

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Feel like I don’t belong with my friends

May 10, 2016 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

If you don’t feel good about yourself, it can add to the feeling that you don’t belong to a group.

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Stuck in a friendship with a married couple

May 8, 2016 | By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

A woman feels stuck in a friendship that turned sour for her.

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A friend who uses people

May 6, 2016 | By | 11 Replies Continue Reading

A woman feels like her friend uses people for what she can get from them.

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In the Media – Too many bridesmaids: How do you choose? (Brides.com)

May 4, 2016 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
In the Media – Too many bridesmaids: How do you choose? (Brides.com)

Many of us might think that the dilemma of having too many friends—or too many bridesmaids—is an enviable one. But when you’re choosing a bridal party, making choices among them can turn into a problem.

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