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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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Complicated Grief: Having an extremely hard time getting over the death of a spouse

November 3, 2011 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My wife died last May, almost six months ago. We were so devoted to each other that we didn’t need any friends. I don’t go to pubs or clubs and am very much a loner. Now, I seem to be pushing people away in case they want something I’m unable to give [...]

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Finding Friends After Divorce: Can we count the ways?

September 6, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

NEED YOUR HELP!   Divorce can destabilize many friendships and create a wedge between friends. Unfortunately, some friends don’t want to choose sides; others may be threatened by your suddenly single status; and still others may feel that your life is too different than theirs. This comes at a time when a divorced woman needs [...]

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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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Finding friends in the middle of nowhere

January 3, 2011 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I just found your site while looking for a safe place to talk to someone who is as lonely as I am. We recently retired to the middle of nowhere in Illinois. No neighbors, no friends. My husband is very happy playing with tractors and hunting.   I feel like I am [...]

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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 | 7 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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