A recent study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University suggests that some friends may be bad for your health.
QUESTION Hi Irene, I made a friend three years ago who fast became a best friend. She came along when I really needed her — I was freshly divorced, and I needed a friend to help me find my backbone again. She’s gutsy, takes no prisoners, and is very loyal. I’ve always known there are [...]
Sometimes there’s nothing to talk about QUESTION Hi Irene, I am so glad I came across your blog, what a wonderful one it is too! My friendship dilemma is a lengthy one but I will do my best to keep it to the point. A couple years ago in my second year of university I [...]
QUESTION Hi Irene, I was Googling ‘toxic friends’ and came across your blog. I am friends with a pretty great group of women, with the exception of one. I don’t much care for her. She is, in my opinion, toxic, and I would rather not spend time with her. Unfortunately, a couple of my [...]
Adolescence is a time of exploration and teens often “try out” different ways of being, which includes picking different kinds of friends. Your question has been raised on this blog many times before. In response to one reader, I shared some tips for moms facing this dilemma.
Whether it’s the occasion of a birthday or an anniversary, or the passing of another year or of another decade, it’s human nature to periodically take stock of things. Turning the page on the calendar means looking back and looking forward, which often brings into bold relief those aspects of our lives where we think [...]