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In the Media – Toxic pals: Behind frenemy lines (CNN)

February 25, 2014 | By | Reply Continue Reading
In the Media – Toxic pals: Behind frenemy lines (CNN)

LeTrent interviewed Dr. Irene S. Levine and other experts on the topic of toxic friendships, pointing out some of the characteristics of these relationships and how to end them.

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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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From the Friendship Forums – Signs Your Best Friend is Becoming Your Worst Enemy

December 13, 2011 | By | 18 Replies Continue Reading

This is another post written by a reader in The Friendship Forums section of this blog. Thanks "Peppercat" for your list of warning signs that your best friend is becoming your worst enemy.   Keep in mind, that like love, BFFs can go bad on you. Don’t do what I have done and give them [...]

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My friend turned into a monster!

July 7, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

A young woman wonders why her friend turned on her and what she should do   QUESTION Hi Irene, I’m having a problem with a former friend of mine. She was nice at first, but then became this monster who started lashing out at me. I stopped hanging out with her because she became verbally [...]

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Is a less-than-perfect friend better than no friend at all?

It’s so easy to become attached to the idea of "having a best friend" that we ignore the reality of a flawed friendship.   QUESTION Dear Irene, There’s a girl who I thought was my best friend forever whom I’ve grown to dislike. I feel guilty for wanting to dump her, but I don’t know [...]

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A teen asks: Why are friendships so fleeting?

The teen years are a time when young people are finding out who they are and figuring out whom to befriend–making friendships somewhat fleeting.

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A friend asks: Should I throw her Maid of Honor under a bus?

October 4, 2010 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, Bride invites me to the bridal shower, the bachelorette party and wedding. Says call Maid of Honor for details. Maid of Honor doesn’t call/text or email back. Bride says she is bummed I didn’t make it, but I tried to.   What do I do? Throw the Maid of Honor under the [...]

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Thoughts on Being Defriended

September 4, 2010 | By | 13 Replies Continue Reading

When I was defriended on Facebook, I felt like a door had been slammed in my face.

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Why are women so mean to each other?

August 13, 2010 | By | 78 Replies Continue Reading

If you’ve wondered why women are so mean to each other, read Female Bullying, an article by Rachel Giese in the September 2010 issue of Flare Magazine. The piece covers the perennial, but disturbing, topic of adult women who have honed the art of what therapists have termed relational aggression. These mean girls may not fight with their fists but they can inflict terrible emotional pain on their targets.

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“Growing Up” and Outgrowing a Toxic Friendship

July 16, 2010 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene: My best friend and I have been teachers at the same school for over twelve years. I am 37 and she is 58, which makes her older than my mother. Through many of her life’s challenges, I was there for her. I brought food when she was hungry, accompanied her to see [...]

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