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?
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.
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 story. I met a friend [...]
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. [...]
QUESTION Hi, Glad to find your website. About two years ago I had so many friends that it was great. It was at my last job. But then, hundreds of us got laid off/fired. Only a handful of folks kept their jobs. It was a wonderful company and I miss seeing my friends each day. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
QUESTION Hi Irene, I’ve been struggling about what to do about my friend Jennifer, whom I’ve known for 14 years. She really took me aback with a letter she wrote me almost a year ago. It included everything I had done that had upset her, all the way back to 2005, when she was my [...]