Tag: lonely

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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No Social Life in High School: My Part-Time Friends

January 9, 2012 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

Why are my high school friends only my friends when we’re at school?   QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m a senior in high school and have no social life whatsoever. It’s not that I have no friends–I have a group of people that I’m really close with in school. We’re always together, talking, laughing, whatever. However, […]

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Lonely in High School

December 29, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

The middle of high school can be a difficult time to make new friends, especially in small schools and small towns.   QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m a 17-year-old high school girl. Recently, my best friend since fifth grade quit talking to me. We never had a fight and I never thought anything was wrong. Just […]

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Deserted by housemates

January 6, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, For the past sixteen months I’ve lived with two very vibrant, interesting, artistic women in a lovely house in the Toronto Beaches. Two days ago they moved out and I’ve been crying non-stop. I knew they were leaving for three months but it didn’t hit me until they left. I have a […]

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A friend who is stingy with time?

November 19, 2010 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I’ve read your book and enjoy reading your blog. For the past year or so I’ve found myself in a strange place with some of my girlfriends. I’m 41 years old and have had many of the same friends since high school, all of whom are married with small children. I always […]

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Finding a Bunco group, one player at a time

QUESTION Dear Irene, First of all, thank you for your blog and columns; I’ve gained much insight from you. I am a 42-year-old mother of two boys and I have always had trouble making friends. I’ve read countless books on the subject of relationships and intellectually, I know what to do: Be open, smile, ask […]

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Making friends after the age of 65: What are the options?

March 24, 2010 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, At age 66, I lost a very close friend (45-year friendship) when she moved out of state. We talk on the phone once a week, but that isn’t the same. I am happily married, but I need a good female friend. I do have other friends, but I feel the need for […]

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Double Trouble: Losing two friends at once

February 16, 2009 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi Irene, This is a strange tale and quite honestly if I knew what to make of it all, I wouldn’t be writing. I have two best friends: the first (BF1), a girl I grew up with and with whom I have a very deep and social relationship; the second (BF2), a girl with […]

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Reader Q & A: Why did she dump me?

November 17, 2008 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi Irene, I telephoned a girlfriend today for a chat and to see how see was doing and she hit me with a bombshell. She politely told me that she saw no point in continuing our friendship. She said she was making positive changes in her life and I wasn’t included. We have had […]

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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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