It’s hard for a young teen to get over a boyfriend breakup but it can be even more painful to lose a best friend. Together, the two losses can be overwhelming for someone of any age.
QUESTION Dear Irene, Two of my best friends, Charles and Sunny, started dating each other. Sunny went away for about four months, and they broke up just because of how long she would be away for. But Charles was under the impression that they were still together because Sunny was telling people over seas [...]
Friendship threesomes can often be tricky, especially if an old friend poaches your new one. QUESTION Hi Irene, I was recently married in May and feel like I’ve entered the Twilight Zone, and I’m not talking about my marriage… I had a really great friend named Heather, or so I thought. I had known [...]
QUESTION Dear Irene, I need your help. My new husband of two years was involved with a woman before me for five years. Even though he told her to stay away from his sister and told his sister to stay away from her, they persisted in their relationship. His sister insists she is not in [...]
They both grew up in Wasilla and they’ve known each other for some 40 years since they attended the same elementary school. Each is an ambitious, outspoken, competitive, conservative, God-fearing, married, working mom with five kids. They live seven miles apart in a state whose area is so vast that it exceeds that of Texas, [...]
If you need one more shred of evidence of the gender differences in interpersonal relationships, you’ll find it in a short piece by Alex Mindlin buried in the Business Section of this morning’s New York Times. When it comes to customer loyalty, women aren’t necessarily more loyal than men; it’s just that their loyalties take [...]
Guilty as charged: The term BFF has morphed into a meaningless platitude due to extreme overuse. Now, the term is even being used to hurl an insult. The evidence: The headline of a recent op-ed in the New York Times read, Rudy and Bernie: B.F.F.’s? The popular acronym “best friends forever” (typically used with gushing [...]