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In the Media – Can friends can be bad for your health? (NextAvenue.com)

In the Media – Can friends can be bad for your health? (NextAvenue.com)

A recent study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University suggests that some friends may be bad for your health.

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Reader Wisdom: On handling a toxic friendship

February 22, 2014 | By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

A reader explains why she hung on to a toxic friendship.

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Taking Stock of a Friendship in Black and White

January 18, 2012 | By | 12 Replies Continue Reading

When it comes to friendship, sometimes you just have to cut your losses   QUESTION Dear Irene, My husband and I have been friends with a married couple for approximately three years, who have many children and a multitude of different issues in their life. I have always been there for both of them and [...]

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Guest Post: How to handle toxic teen friendships

April 8, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Teens are hard-pressed to know when they should phase out a friendship—even toxic teen friendships.

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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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The friendship pause that refreshes

November 23, 2010 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I have a group of girlfriends, basically six of us, who’ve known each other since high school. Anyway, I got very close with three of them: Annie, Carole and Beth. I thought we would be best friends forever just like in the movies. I was, and probably still am, very insecure. I [...]

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Friend or Foe: Don’t mess with my kid

July 6, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m having a difficult time moving on after ending a toxic friendship. I began distancing myself from this friend once I realized she was toxic. However, our sons are both 3-years-old and were in the same preschool class. My son eventually bit this friend’s son because he was tired of being bitten. [...]

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Reader Q & A: Needy Friends: They just don’t understand

September 25, 2008 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

  QUESTION:   Dear Irene:   I have several girlfriends who seem needy to me. While we all go through difficult times, it seems they always have problems. I am unmarried, with a boyfriend who lives an hour away, I am running a business and my household and they have all of the support – [...]

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Reader Q & A: Good boundaries make good friendships

September 5, 2008 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Dear Irene: Hi, I have a friend who doesn’t have very good boundaries. I live in a small town. I am a fairly private person who is social but also like my alone time. This friend has stopped by my house when I don’t answer the phone and once she comes over, doesn’t leave until [...]

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Reader Q & A: Help! Can collateral damage be avoided in a breakup?

June 11, 2008 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene, I have experienced a catastrophic rift with my friend of over 10 years. "Em" and I met in college, and we’ve been through lots of life changes since then. Over the years, I’ve introduced her to all of my friends and she has become a fixture at our social gatherings. Our relationship [...]

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