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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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Friendship by the Book – MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend

January 2, 2012 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

You might call Rachel Bertsche a serial dater. But that doesn’t quite capture her unique adventure. After relocating to Chicago, bereft of the strong network of friends, colleagues and familial supports she had in New York, the author spent 52 weeks prospecting for girlfriends in her search for a bestie.    She’s written a highly […]

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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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A newish mother finds it hard to make new friends

October 11, 2011 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

Making new friends takes time, self-confidence, and creativity   QUESTION Dear Irene, Friendships have become a sore point for me at this juncture in my life. I am in my 30s and have a lovely husband and toddler son. I used to work full time and hence, never really developed any friendships in my neighborhood. […]

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A Q & A with Susan Newman: Friendship and The Only Child

June 7, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

I was raised as an only child for much of my life because my sister is twelve years younger than me. I also have an only child, just one son. So questions about only children aren’t hypothetical to me. I often wonder about the effects of being an only and whether it has any bearing […]

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Guest Post – A young mom takes stock of her friendships

April 4, 2011 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

By Lisa Shoreland   Why does it seem like the further into adulthood one gets, the harder it is to establish and maintain friendships? As a kid, friendships begin as a simple exchange of a sentence or two on the playground. In junior and senior high school, the circle of friends evolves into groups of […]

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Worth Reading: First-Class Friends

February 19, 2011 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

An article by Parmy Olson in Forbes Business (2/02/11) tells how architect Gene Kohn became a master of hobnobbing in midair. Even if you fly economy—or don’t fly at all—the article shows how people can make friends wherever they happen to sit.   Do you have break-the-ice questions? Are you comfortable starting up a conversation? […]

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Her other best friend

January 24, 2011 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi, My friend just moved here during the summer, and ever since then we’ve been really good friends. I feel like I can tell her anything and talk about anything. I think we hit Best Friend Status, but I really don’t know because she’s always talking about her best friend where she used to […]

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Cultivating your inner Jennifer Aniston: 9 Characteristics of Likeable People

November 17, 2010 | By | 13 Replies Continue Reading

If someone asked you to characterize actress Jennifer Aniston, after "beautiful" and "talented," the next word that might come to mind would be "nice." She appears to be likeable.   An article in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal (How To Vend it Like Beckham, November 13-14) raises the question of why stars get paid so […]

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Making Friends: When should I disclose my emotional baggage?

September 12, 2010 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene: I have difficulty making new friends because of all of the heavy stuff I have to reveal to them. I’ve tried two basic approaches. The first is the "early hook:" making a good first impression. What I mean is that upon first talking to someone, I’m uncharacteristically pleasant, relaxed, and outgoing. I […]

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