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A troubled marriage can divide best friends: Can this one be repaired?

The shame and embarrassment of a troubled marriage can divide best friends–and even end a friendship.

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Friendship and aging: Is losing interest in friends an aging thing?

Each of my women friends has — or had — good qualities, but ultimately, the positive didn’t outweigh the negative. Is my laziness in trying to make new (better, more compatible) friends an aging thing?

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Guest Post: The Importance of Friends When a Guy is Planning His Marriage Proposal

February 20, 2013 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Most of the posts on The Friendship Blog either apply to women or are general enough to apply to both sexes. Blogger Grace Pamer agreed to share a post that is focused on male friendships, suggesting the special importance of these relationships at a particular juncture in life: when men are contemplating a marriage proposal.

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IN THE NEWS: Best Friends as Almost-Husbands

January 29, 2013 | By | Reply Continue Reading

With women marrying later, more likely to be self-supporting, and sometimes opting to remain single, it’s not uncommon for them to find a best friend with whom they get very attached—in a relationship almost as intimate as a marriage.

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IN THE MEDIA: How Marriage Changes Friendships

January 25, 2013 | By | Reply Continue Reading

The Friendship Doctor was recently interviewed by Lisa Milbrand of TheNest.com, who wrote an article about the many ways marriage can change, and even derail, friendships.

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A troubled marriage can make for troubled friendships

June 24, 2012 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

A troubled marriage can affect friendships QUESTION Dear Irene, I am so happy I have come across this blog and your book, Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend.  It is nice to know there is a place to go for understanding and support when female friendships go awry. I, too, have a [...]

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Regretting the loss of a 20-year friendship

June 13, 2012 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

While it’s sad to let go of a long-term friendship, it isn’t necessarily a reason for regret.  QUESTION  Hi Irene,  I have been friends with someone for over twenty years. She’s remarried to a guy, whom I don’t think likes my husband or me. We use to be invited to her Christmas party every year. [...]

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Embarrassed at having no friends

No one should feel embarrassed at having no friends.

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Is it possible to have two male best friends if one is your husband?

April 15, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I have been with my now-husband for around eight years and I still love him very much. I consider him a best friend. I can be myself totally with him. We have the same interests, the same dreams, and the same goals in life. He is someone I love to spend time with, whom [...]

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Fear of Losing All My Friends

March 23, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Not all friendships last forever: We should always be open to new ones     QUESTION Hi Irene, Over the last few months, my best friend, whom I’ll call "L," has grown close to another of my friends, "S." They have done several things together without including me. I’m not interested in some of the [...]

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