October 20, 2016
Smarter Living is an ongoing series in the New York Times offering practical advice to help young adults understand the world and make the most of its opportunities and challenges.
As part of this series, reporter Rachel Rabkin Peachman tackled the thorny issue of “How to break up with a friend.” She writes:
Friendships are important throughout life, but especially so in the stage between school and marriage, when our friends often stand in for family. What do you do when you need to end a friendship that’s turned sour?
In writing the piece, Peachman interviewed Dr. Irene S. Levine:
“Think about what you say and how you say it very carefully. It’s likely that your once-friend will never forget those words,” said Irene S. Levine, a psychologist and producer of TheFriendshipBlog.com. Then, talk to your friend in private.
“Don’t involve mutual friends. Remember that although you have been giving a lot of thought to the breakup, it might hit your friend without warning,” Dr. Levine said.
Click here to read the New York Times article in its entirety.