A reader recently wrote about what she perceived as age-related differences in the way friends and family respond to a text message.
What do you do if you send a friend a ranting text?
Reframe your thinking so that you approach the relationship as roommates rather than friends. QUESTION Dear Irene, I love reading your blog because it gives me a lot of perspective for my own friendship issues, and lets me know that I’m not alone. But for this one, I feel quite at a loss. [...]
LONGER THAN USUAL QUESTION Hi Irene! I’m so glad I stumbled onto your website! I am going through a situation and desperately need advice! I have a very close cousin, Coralee, who I’ve basically grown up with like a sister and we’ve been friends most of my life. I am 28, and she is 37. [...]
QUESTION: Dear Irene, I’m currently going through a friend breakup. She became very emotionally needy at the beginning of our relationship and I always felt compelled to help. She told me that I was distant and needed to let my guard down so that we could be close. I did and we eventually became BFFs. [...]
About three months ago, Anna had met a new friend, “Lisa,” and I felt replaced. Little by little, I felt pushed aside and believe that Lisa had put a rift in the friendship between Anna and me. All of the sudden, Anna and I spent less and less time together as she made more time for Lisa.
QUESTION: Dear Irene: I met my friend “Amanda” in high school. I was a junior and she was a freshman, so we’ve been best friends (BFFs) for 9 years. Our friendship over the years has survived a lot. The trouble I am having is deciding whether I should hold on to the friendship or not? [...]