Introverted people sometimes need more alone time.
A woman feels awkward explaining that she wasn’t invited to a get-together.
She’s been blocked on social media and excluded from invitations. She asks what to do when you feel you’re being dropped by a group of friends.
Would you remain friends with friends who don’t reciprocate?
How do you handle overhearing something from a pocket-dial you weren’t intended to hear? QUESTION Dear Irene, I recently listened to my cell phone messages, and unfortunately found a pocket-dialed call (DEFINITION: A pocket-dial, also called a butt-dial, is a call accidentally placed while a cellphone is in someone’s pocket or purse) that recorded […]
QUESTION Hi Irene, Three and a half years ago I left my husband. We divorced amicably and have a collaborative and supportive co-parenting relationship. There was no affair but I met someone while married, whom I started dating after my separation but before my divorce. In the wake of the separation, I lost my […]
A reader asks for advice on how to handle a drama queen in her group of friends. QUESTION Hi Irene, I am in an awkward situation with a friend whom I’ll call Carla and don’t know how to handle it. She’s noticed that I’ve been pulling away and wants to get together to talk. We […]
QUESTION Hi Irene, A few years ago, I started meeting a couple of old friends for lunch every month or two. Well, the longer we do it, the less I enjoy it. We are far apart politically and they both have a lot of strongly held, strongly expressed opinions that I don’t agree with. I […]
QUESTION Hi Irene, I was in my best friend’s wedding 25 years ago and then never heard from her again, no returned calls—nothing. She had been distancing herself from me for a while so it didn’t come as a surprise. But it hurt terribly. Fifteen years ago, she gave my mother her phone number and […]