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My friend doesn’t trust me

June 18, 2012 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

It can be frustrating when a friend doesn’t trust you but the ability to trust may be deeply engrained in personality.   QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m having a bit of a "fight" with me best friend. Let me first explain a bit about us. She’s a year younger than I am (27) and is bipolar, with […]

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Change Can Challenge Friendships

June 10, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

The negative impact of significant life changes on friendship, although challenging, can be overcome with effort. QUESTION Hi Irene,  I’m 27 years old, working as a journalist, and recently ended a three-year relationship with a close male friend I has known for nine years. Now that I’m single again, I have room to make new […]

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My friend discovered I lied to her

QUESTION  Hi Irene, I’m 37 years old but when I was 18, my best friend and I met this friendly guy whom we both liked, but he liked me more. He and I kept our relationship quiet for a while but at a party, my best friend saw us together. She and I didn’t speak […]

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A new beginning—but I don’t want to be alone

QUESTION  Hi Irene, I’m 27 and have never had what I have felt is a real friend. I just got out of a three-year relationship with a great guy but he just wasn’t great for me at this point in my life; I was never in love with him. I have been in a few […]

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The awkwardness of friendship after dating

May 21, 2012 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hello Dr. Irene, I really cared a lot about someone whom I dated. After the end of our dating relationship three years ago, I was devastated. However, I was very willing to be his friend. For the last two years, I was doing all of the hard work and effort to maintain this friendship.  […]

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My so-called friend

QUESTION Hi Irene, My so-called friend deleted me on Facebook because of an accidental slip-of-the-tongue. I told her I didn’t like her cousin. I thought telling the truth even though it hurts was the right thing.   In addition to deleting me on Facebook, she talks about me behind my back and when I try […]

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Asking too much of a friend

QUESTION  Hi Irene, I’ve recently been coming to terms with some deeply buried grief, and also struggling with self-injury problems as well. My "best friend" of 19 years has hardly been there for me and only seems to come around when he needs me. He makes it very clear that he does not care about […]

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What to do with an out-of-sync friendship

May 9, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION  Hi Irene, "Lance" and I have been friends since third grade, and now we have both graduated school and are getting jobs or attending college. I feel like I’ve left him in the dust, emotionally speaking. Despite his attempts to attend college and hold a part-time job, he is incredibly immature for his age […]

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When a close friendship with a boss suddenly ends

April 19, 2012 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION  Hi Irene, I was recently dumped by one of my closest friends, whom I loved dearly. I am devastated, sad, hurt and disappointed. But I have an extra big problem: my ex-friend is my direct boss. I am an administrative assistant, her right hand person at work. We see each other on a daily […]

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Finding out a dark secret about a friend

April 17, 2012 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene: I became friends with a really nice woman about five months ago. We were introduced at church and I became involved in a committee that she is in charge of. We have spent a tremendous amount of time together and really gotten to know each other. Our husbands have hit it off and […]

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