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The etiquette of leaving a clique

December 6, 2013 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

A woman bows out of a toxic clique and wonders what to say.

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Remaining friends with friends who don’t reciprocate

August 11, 2013 | By | 54 Replies Continue Reading

Would you remain friends with friends who don’t reciprocate?

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The devastating effect of a pocket-dial on a friendship

January 24, 2012 | By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

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 [...]

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Giving friends a second chance after a divorce

March 11, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

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 [...]

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Help me deal with a Drama Queen

February 23, 2011 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

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 [...]

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When a friendly lunch turns sour

February 18, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

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 [...]

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Getting Over an Old Grudge: Clearing the air

January 20, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

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 [...]

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The friendship pause that refreshes

November 23, 2010 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I have a group of girlfriends, basically six of us, who’ve known each other since high school. Anyway, I got very close with three of them: Annie, Carole and Beth. I thought we would be best friends forever just like in the movies. I was, and probably still am, very insecure. I [...]

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Reader Q & A: Dumped by a group—what to do?

October 7, 2008 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi Irene, I found your blog and it is very interesting!! I recently had a break up with a group of friends. Due to circumstances beyond my control I didn’t have much time to spend with them during the spring. Instead of understanding and being happy with weekly dinners or phone calls, they alienated [...]

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