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A friend asks: Should I throw her Maid of Honor under a bus?

October 4, 2010 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, Bride invites me to the bridal shower, the bachelorette party and wedding. Says call Maid of Honor for details. Maid of Honor doesn’t call/text or email back. Bride says she is bummed I didn’t make it, but I tried to.   What do I do? Throw the Maid of Honor under the […]

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Friends who live high on the hog

September 29, 2010 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I’ve had a long-time male friend since I was five years old, so about 48 years. We have stayed in touch even though he’s been married and divorced 3 times and moved numerous times. He’s also a best friend with my husband of 33 years. He and his current wife have been […]

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A less-than-perfect friend

September 27, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Friendships are rarely perfect; they come in more flavors and textures than Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Sometimes, coming to terms with a less than perfect friendship is a matter of viewing it realistically, putting it in perspective, setting boundaries, and deciding to get and give what you can so the relationship is mutually rewarding. […]

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My best friend is too demanding

September 22, 2010 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My best friend has become overly dependent on me. She’s been living in another state for the last few years but we see each other, on average, once every three months and talk multiple times a day, via phone, text and AIM.   I live with my fiancé (newly engaged) and even […]

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Help! My friend is too clingy!

September 17, 2010 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

A reader asks: How do I handle a long-time friend who is too clingy?

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My friend suddenly shut me out of her life

September 11, 2010 | By | 357 Replies Continue Reading

I have a friend that I felt was my best friend. She was in my wedding and we were pretty much attached at the hip. She called me a couple times a day, texted me, hung out with me or talked to me online (Facebook, AIM) almost every day.

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Her friends say they’re ‘just not that into him’

August 25, 2010 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, Our best friend has been seeing this guy. She’s really into him so she wanted us to spend some time together to get to know him. Unfortunately, both of us really dislike him. We find him arrogant and narcissistic, to the point of his putting us down to make himself look better. […]

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Neglecting sisters for misters: Facing the consequences

August 19, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION I recently broke up with my boyfriend and had honestly neglected my friends during our relationship. What would be the best way to get into their good graces again?   ANSWER There’s no sense pretending: If you know, they know too. Admit you were dumb to get caught up with a jerk and go […]

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When close friends become far-away friends

August 17, 2010 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Friendship Doctor, I’ve been drifting apart from two friends over the past few years. In the first instance, I felt abandoned after working hard to maintain a long-distance friendship. When I finally confronted her a year ago, she swore I was still her best friend. I plunged back into correspondence and calls but […]

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How to Handle A Facebook Frenemy

August 4, 2010 | By | 21 Replies Continue Reading

Have you ever had the unsettling experience of having a Facebook frenemy?

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