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Choosing one over another

March 1, 2009 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

There are many times when girlfriends have to choose one friend over another (for example, you can only have one maid-of-honor)—and decisions like this aren’t always easy. Read Andrea Boyarsky’s article in the Staten Island Advance, Delivering the Big Hurt, where she asks me and some other experts to weigh in on the issue…

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Fractured Friendships – A Reminder

February 27, 2009 | By | Reply Continue Reading

By hitting the SUBSCRIBE button on the right, you can receive blog entries from The Friendship Blog (Fractured Friendships) in your mailbox as soon they are posted. If you haven’t been checking in here regularly, you may have missed some of these posts that appeared this month: Co-rumination: Is it healthy for adolescents to rehash […]

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For Better or For Worse: Weddings and Friendship – Part II

February 18, 2009 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Marriage is a milestone that often alters a couple’s relationship with each other, as well as with those around them. For the new bride, it can herald profound changes in her relationships with girlfriends. In a recent post (February 9, 2008), I interviewed wedding expert Sharon Naylor about the challenges that planning “the big day” […]

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Double Trouble: Losing two friends at once

February 16, 2009 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi Irene, This is a strange tale and quite honestly if I knew what to make of it all, I wouldn’t be writing. I have two best friends: the first (BF1), a girl I grew up with and with whom I have a very deep and social relationship; the second (BF2), a girl with […]

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She’s Just Not That Into You: Six ways to know when a girlfriend’s a frenemy

February 11, 2009 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

He’s Just Not That Into You decodes the rules of heterosexual dating. But the relationship between girlfriends can be just as powerful, irritating, and unfathomable as any relationship with a guy. Here are my six ways for women to recognize when "she’s just not that into you." Read my latest post on HuffPo, SHE’s Just […]

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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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Escaping from a toxic triangle

January 21, 2009 | By | 63 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m a 40-year-old woman who feels like she’s back in junior high. I have three kids who are very involved in sports and activities. Over the last four years, my husband and I developed a group of friends with kids the same ages. My closest friend in the group was a woman […]

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Reader Q & A: Dumped Times Two

December 16, 2008 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi Irene,   My name is Veronica and I live in the UK, I’m not sure if you take emails from people from the UK, but I felt compelled to email you about a situation that is bothering me involving of a couple of girls who I thought were friends of mine.   I […]

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Reader Q & A: Mean Girls

December 8, 2008 | By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Dr. Levine, It’s been about 5 months since I broke up with my boyfriend due to conflicting schedules, frequent disagreements and life stresses. This guy was friends with my ex-girlfriend for over 15 years and I was friends with her for 10 years. He took me to this party and I had no […]

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Reader Q & A: Dealing with a pattern of fractured friendships

December 1, 2008 | By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION:   Dear Irene: Add me to the list of people who stumbled upon your blog with relief. It’s really good for me to hear that this is not an entirely uncommon problem, and some of the posts on this blog have been very helpful to me.   I’m definitely one of those people who […]

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