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Top ten friendship posts in 2011: The Friendship Doctor reflects on friendship and blogging

December 23, 2011 | By | 13 Replies Continue Reading

Tis the season for wrap-ups and top ten lists. Friendship expert Dr. Irene S. Levine discusses her blog, its visitors, and their  friendship concerns. Since January, I’ve posted 202 times on this blog — that’s about four times a week — usually early in the morning or late at night. That’s a lot of time to spend in […]

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POLL – Friendship Advice: Whom do you trust?

September 1, 2011 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

Giving friendship advice is challenging. Even with experience and training, I only hear one side of a story, limited by what someone chooses to tell me or not tell me, which is filtered by that person’s experience of the problem.   The litmus test of the value of friendship advice—or any advice for that matter—is […]

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Take the Real Simple Quiz – What kind of friend are you?

July 8, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

What Kind of Friend Are You? by Annie Marie O’Conner July 2011   Are you the one pals call when they need advice…or when they need a plus-one for a cocktail party? This quiz isn’t scientific but it sure is fun and you may even learn something about your friendship style.   Click here to […]

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Tell your friends: Mental illnesses are no-fault disorders

October 10, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

  Congress has designated the first week of October each year as Mental Illness Awareness Week. The goal of the week is to raise public awareness about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. As many as one in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year; one […]

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Friend or Foe: Don’t mess with my kid

July 6, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m having a difficult time moving on after ending a toxic friendship. I began distancing myself from this friend once I realized she was toxic. However, our sons are both 3-years-old and were in the same preschool class. My son eventually bit this friend’s son because he was tired of being bitten. […]

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Listen to The Friendship Doctor on Your IPOD

June 27, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

On Saturday (June 26), I participated in a live radio interview with Liv and her friends on Get Real on 107.1 in Minneapolis/St. Paul. You can listen to me by clicking on the second hour of the program. My friend/colleague Debba Hauppert spoke on the first hour. Click here to download the program.    

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Talk and Book-Signing in Boston – June 8th

June 5, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Come meet the Friendship Doctor at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge  Join NYU alumni, parents, and friends from your community for a very special evening of lively discussion with NYU Professor Irene S. Levine.   Evidence suggests that at any age or stage of life, close friends are vital to our health and emotional well-being. […]

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Working with an ex-friend: Should she stay or should she go?

May 23, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I started a job approximately a year ago and met a woman with whom I became friends immediately. She was fun to be with and an interesting person. The only drawback was that she seemed to constantly talk about people and write off friends the minute she felt they had done her […]

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Contending with the Food Police

QUESTION Dear Irene, What can you say to buddies in this situation to get them off your back: You go to a restaurant. They order burgers and fries. You order a salad. They mock you and proceed with comments like "That’s not real food. Why do you always get a salad? Are you trying to […]

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Friendship in a Box: What’s going on?

April 21, 2010 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I haven’t seen anything like this on your blog, so maybe others have the same question. I have a close friend I met about two years ago in a support group. We both lost our husbands to illness in their prime. Needless to say, we feel connected in a way that is […]

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