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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 – 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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A disturbing encounter with another couple

May 4, 2016 | By | 24 Replies Continue Reading

A woman asks how to handle her friendship with another couple and whether the woman, a psychologist, is acting professionally.

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In the Media – Commenting on your friend’s selfies (Refinery29)

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In the Media – Commenting on your friend’s selfies (Refinery29)

While people often often make nasty comments on social media feeds (e.g., Facebook or Instagram), they tend to be far kinder to their “friends” when they are commenting on their selfies or photos.

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Left out of the birthday party

May 1, 2016 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

After being left out of a birthday bash, a young woman feels like the friends who were invited and attended were disloyal to her.

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Stroke and friendship

April 28, 2016 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

A woman recovering from a stroke is “ghosted” by a friend who once was supportive.

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Generalized anxiety disorder and problems making friends

April 24, 2016 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

A mom worries that symptoms of a generalized anxiety disorder are hindering her daughter’s relationships.

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In the Media – Becoming business partners with a best friend (Glamour.com)

April 23, 2016 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
In the Media – Becoming business partners with a best friend (Glamour.com)

It can be so seductive to start a business with a best friend that logic and planning for the unexpected falls by the wayside.

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My long time friend is selfish

April 22, 2016 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

A long time friend finds other interests and is less involved in the friendship.

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In the Media – 5 Ways your friendships might be unhealthy (HerCampus.com)

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In the Media – 5 Ways your friendships might be unhealthy (HerCampus.com)

The conventional wisdom: Friendships are good for your health. But some friendships are unhealthy.

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My maid of honor has a drinking problem

April 20, 2016 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

How do you handle a drinking problem in your bridal party?

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