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In the Media – Do you need a friendship detox

August 1, 2013 | By | Reply Continue Reading
In the Media – Do you need a friendship detox

In this article in the Philippine Chronicles, the author talks about why someone might need a friendship detox.

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Should I end this friendship?

February 4, 2013 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

I have a friend whom I‘ve known for over five years. Lately, she has really hurt me in a lot of ways. How do I know If she is really my friend or it is time to end this friendship?

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On MSNBC and the Today Show – Toxic Friends

August 23, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Thanks to Eaglewings for flagging this article on toxic friends that resulted from a survey conducted by Today.com and Self Magazine.   The results suggest that a staggering 84 percent of women and 75 percent of men have toxic friendships. I provided background information to the writer, Diane Mapes, some of which is outlined in […]

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Toxic friendships: It takes two

March 14, 2011 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

It takes two people to define a friendship. So if your friend has no boundaries, it’s also true that you haven’t set any limits.

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Changing places and changing friendships

January 12, 2011 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I have never been the type to initiate friendships, although I can usually guess pretty accurately whether I’ll end up being friends with someone from the moment we meet. I just wait for the friendship to ‘happen’ or for them to make the effort. I have very few friends and am somewhat […]

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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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“Growing Up” and Outgrowing a Toxic Friendship

July 16, 2010 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene: My best friend and I have been teachers at the same school for over twelve years. I am 37 and she is 58, which makes her older than my mother. Through many of her life’s challenges, I was there for her. I brought food when she was hungry, accompanied her to see […]

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Friendship by the Book: Nine Rooms of Happiness BOOK GIVEAWAY

March 16, 2010 | By | 28 Replies Continue Reading

The Nine Rooms of Happiness: Loving Yourself, Finding Your Purpose, and Getting Over Life’s Little Imperfections (Hyperion Voice, 2010) offers straightforward strategies, or "pearls" of wisdom, for resolving relationship conflicts. One gem that particularly resonated with me was: "You can’t change them. You can change yourself." Having wasted incalculable time in my own youth trying […]

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Reader Q & A: No way out?

January 9, 2009 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene: My "best" friend and I have been friends since last year. Sometimes I feel like I love her; other times, she’s my worst enemy. She comes from a controlling and abusive family and I was always there for her to get through it. I just turned 18, and I realize more and […]

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Wisdom from Whitney: Rx for being a less needy friend

December 18, 2008 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

I recently received this post from a reader named Whitney that I thought was worth sharing. Whitney was fortunate to have a good friend—who gave her honest feedback about her neediness— without making Whitney feel totally hurt or bent out of shape. Whitney also seems to have a fair degree of insight into her own […]

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