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Best Friends: She loves me, she loves me not

September 30, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hello Irene, I am having a really hard time with my best friend. This whole relationship started out quite differently. She was attracted to me and fell in love with me at the very beginning. I reciprocated these feelings for a while but ultimately realized we weren’t a match, and decided we needed to [...]

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Kickin’ It Up a Notch: Julia Child’s Recipe for Best Friends

Like many close friendships, the one between Julia Child and Avis DeVoto was borne of serendipity. These two women met across the miles (in an era long before Facebook or LinkedIn) yet formed an instant bond-curiously, over a sharp carbon steel knife.   By 1952, Julia and her husband Paul had been living in Paris [...]

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No best friends but plenty of contacts

February 9, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi, I have grown up moving around a lot—five middle schools and six elementary schools to be exact. Always being the new kid conditioned me to meet new people. Once I hit a certain point with friends, I find new ones. I guess I get bored or scared. Is it okay to not have [...]

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Different strokes: Can this friendship survive?

July 9, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi, I’ve had the same best friend for more than 20 years. We were so close that we even have matching tattoos. We don’t live near each other, but have maintained contact and been through school, marriage, kids, etc together. She’s been a huge part of my life.   Things started getting tough a [...]

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Guest Post: OMG–Now Even the BFF Isn’t PC

June 19, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

By Diane Auer-Jones   I read this morning in The New York Times that some schools, teachers, and even summer-camp counselors are working hard to disrupt best friend relationships and, instead, encourage youngsters to be part of big groups. Some schools and camps go so far that they intentionally break up best friends by, for [...]

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On losing a best friend – Friendship Day, August 2, 2009

August 2, 2009 | By | 11 Replies Continue Reading

The connection between two friends is often indescribable. It just feels right whenever you are together. When I met Rita, I was an eleven-year-old awkward adolescent.  She was a poised, charming and strikingly attractive kindergarten teacher who chose me as the fifth-grade “monitor” to make sure that all the kids in her class stood in [...]

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A “good enough” friend

February 6, 2009 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, I recently got into a fight with a girl named Linda, whom I considered my best friend. She said I was never a "good enough" friend for her, and I told her that I thought I couldn’t be her friend because she was spreading gossip about me. We both agreed that [...]

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Co-rumination: Is it healthy for adolescents to rehash their boy problems?

February 2, 2009 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Are you a mom who worries because your teenage daughter seems to be incessantly texting or emailing her best friends about her romantic problems? Your worries may be founded. When adolescent girlfriends rehash the same problems together over and over, they increase their risk of depression and social anxiety. In a study focused on seventh [...]

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Sophisticated Lady

January 18, 2009 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, First, thank you for a wonderful website. Second, I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps I have a higher need for interaction than most people. I’m turning 40 and when my husband mentioned throwing me a birthday party I realized I have no dear [...]

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Friendship Counts

October 13, 2008 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

When I periodically check out the most popular searches on this blog (yes, I am addicted to Google Analytics), many of them have to do with numbers. Readers are always interested in how the numbers of their friendships stack up to those of others. There isn’t too much new in the number world. And without [...]

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