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Fluid friendships: Is it just me?

February 17, 2011 | By | 19 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I am in my late 50s and feel discouraged to discover that all of my friendships seem so fluid. I’ve had very good friends during all the phases of my life — high school, college, work —but after awhile as circumstances change (such as leaving school, moving away, job changes, marriage, etc.) […]

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Resolving the Friendship Deficit: One Day at a Time

July 31, 2008 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

In 1935, the United States Congress proclaimed the first Sunday in August as Friendship Day, which falls on August 3d this year. Put simply: It’s a day to recognize the vital role that friendships play in our lives. You can celebrate the day by getting together with a friend—or by phoning, emailing or texting one […]

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Dear Hillary, do you need a female friend?

June 20, 2008 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

Remember me? I introduced myself and welcomed you to Chappaqua in a letter that appeared in The Washington Post in 1999. You even took the time to acknowledge it, writing me a personal note afterwards. Like other neighbors in our small leafy hamlet (the way it’s referred to disparagingly in the press), we never really […]

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Graduating? Give yourself the gift that keeps on giving

June 7, 2008 | By | Reply Continue Reading

If you haven’t yet realized it, graduation from high school or college can be a friendship-killer. When you are no longer living side-by-side or seeing each other every day, it will never be quite as easy to keep up once-close female friendships or to make new ones. With more than $55 million in domestic box […]

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Reader Q & A: Sex and the City is Coming: No gal pal to go with!

QUESTION: Dear Irene: I love your blog (well, love it AND hate it, because I see myself in too many of these posts!). You concentrate on "fractured friendships" and right now I’m feeling low because the Sex and the City movie is about to appear in theaters…my favorite series, and I have no gal pal […]

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Reader Q & A: Help! My best friend is driving me crazy!

Might it be time to call it quits? QUESTION: My best friend is finally dumping her jerk husband of more than a decade and I’m glad about that but it’s all wearing me to a nub. Her frenzied dating is making me nuts. She talks about her boyfriends constantly, and about how many men are […]

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Motherhood is a friendship-killer

Mother’s Day celebrates motherhood—as well as children, flowers, candy, and greeting cards. But there’s a seedy side to everything—and motherhood is a known friendship-killer. Motherhood challenges female friendships for a variety of reasons: • You are a mother, and your BFF isn’t one and wants to be one. Her fertility problems are making her extremely […]

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People who need people

January 26, 2008 | By | Reply Continue Reading

What do lonely people do when they need friends but have none? According to new research, they tend to anthropomorphize: They attribute human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena. “When people lack a sense of connection with other people, they are more likely to see their pets, gadgets or gods […]

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