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How to handle a jealous friend: 7 tips

January 8, 2014 | By | 14 Replies Continue Reading

What do you do if you have a jealous friend who is competing in the same playground as you?

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Friendship: In sickness and in health? Not always

Two friends bond over sickness until one regains her health. Are there magic words to end this troubling friendship?

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When a friend becomes a frenemy

December 20, 2011 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

Even when you know it’s time to let go, it’s hard to give up shared history and to risk damaging some of the friendships you have in common   QUESTION Good Morning, My friend "S" and I have been friends since high school but we took a break from our friendship between 2008-2009. She was […]

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Is all fair in friendship and employment?

September 8, 2011 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Feeling betrayed by a friend who goes after the same job as you   QUESTION Hi Irene, I told a friend of 32 years (a woman who I am currently starting to date) about a job that I interviewed for and she tells me that she wants to go for the job because it sounded […]

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Rich Girl, Poor Girl: Can their friendship survive?

August 31, 2011 | By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, One winter break I invited a close friend of mine home from school and was really excited to host her. We were both ambitious students, and although we had been slightly competitive before (when we took one class together – probably not the best idea), we managed to keep rivalry out of […]

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The Benefits of Friendly Competition

October 14, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

You might feel that it’s best to keep your competitors at bay but close friendships among business competitors can actually result in enhanced profitability, according to a new report from researchers at the BI Norwegian School of Management.   The market researchers looked at clusters of managers who worked in a large shopping mall with […]

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Friendship by the Book: An interview with the author of Crossing Washington Square

September 6, 2009 | By | Reply Continue Reading

A chick lit author hits her stride~ Once I started reading Joanne Rendell‘s new novel, Crossing Washington Square, I had a hard time putting it down. This gripping book tells the story of two strong women, both of them faculty in the English Literature Department of Manhattan U. The story takes the protagonists-polar opposites in […]

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How to shake a clingy friend

August 9, 2009 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My friend and I have known each other since high school. We went to college together and I was in her wedding. We both were in the same phases of life at the same time (engaged, newly married, etc.). I enjoyed having someone to talk to about these things since many of […]

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A writer asks: How could my colleague and friend undermine me?

February 25, 2009 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene, I’m an award-winning author with a friendship dilemma. A long time friend has definitely hurt my feelings. She told one of my clients whose memoir I’m writing that she’d Googled my agent and that he was basically a “nobody,” casting doubts upon my agent’s ability to broker a deal on his book […]

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Reader Q & A: One-Upsmanship among friends

November 24, 2008 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hello, I am a 26-year old female. I have a problem with female friendships. It really annoys me when a friend tries to compete with me. I’ll give you an example. My boyfriend recently sent me flowers at work. I told one of my friends and she did not show any happiness for me. […]

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