Tag: toxic friend
On Refinery29.com, writer Colette McIntyre answers a reader who asks how to break up with a toxic friend.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]