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Most Popular Posts On The Friendship Blog – 2021

Most Popular Posts On The Friendship Blog – 2021

In 2021, a very unusual year (hopefully), these were the top posts on The Friendship Blog (in order) that seemed to resonate most with readers. 

Published: January 7, 2022 | By | Reply Continue Reading
Shy All My Life: Will It Just Go Away?

Shy All My Life: Will It Just Go Away?

A young woman writes “I’ve been shy all my life.” She wonders whether those feelings will ever go away on their own.

Published: September 4, 2021 | By | 13 Replies Continue Reading

Keeping Friends

Handling Pushy Overbearing Friends

Handling Pushy Overbearing Friends

A reader asks how to deal with pushy overbearing friends that make her feel like she’s pushed into a corner. QUESTION Hi Dr. Irene,A few years ago, my husband and I met another couple in a community group. We’re not especially close to Jim and Libby but we have enjoyed going out for dinner with […]

Published: May 7, 2022 | Last Updated: May 7, 2022 By | Reply Continue Reading
When A Friend is Unreliable: You Can’t Count on Her!

When A Friend is Unreliable: You Can’t Count on Her!

When a friend is unreliable, it can be very disappointing, and consistently breaking appointments can be a friendship-killer

Published: March 2, 2022 | Last Updated: April 5, 2022 By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

Resolving Problems

Struggling With An Ambivalent Friendship

Struggling With An Ambivalent Friendship

A woman is upset about an ambivalent friendship. Here are some tips to recognize and react to an ambivalent friendship.

Published: March 18, 2022 | Last Updated: March 18, 2022 By | 13 Replies Continue Reading
Regaining Trust In A Friendship: Is It Possible?

Regaining Trust In A Friendship: Is It Possible?

Regaining trust in a friendship is possible if the relationship has a strong foundation and people discuss the alleged breach.

Published: March 7, 2022 | Last Updated: March 7, 2022 By | Reply Continue Reading

Handling Breakups

Dumped Without Explanation: Is There Anything To Do?

Dumped Without Explanation: Is There Anything To Do?

A woman feels dumped without explanation by a close friend and wonders how to move on.

Published: March 1, 2022 | By | 24 Replies Continue Reading
What Do You Consider A ‘Friendship Killer’?

What Do You Consider A ‘Friendship Killer’?

When a friend really disappoints or let you down, it can be a friendship killer. There’s no way to forgive or forget

Published: February 27, 2022 | Last Updated: March 1, 2022 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

Having No Friends

My Daughter Feels Like An Outcast At School: What Should I Do?

My Daughter Feels Like An Outcast At School: What Should I Do?

The effects of bullying and being treated like an outcast can be long-lasting. A mom wonders how she can help. 

Published: January 22, 2022 | Last Updated: January 28, 2022 By | 79 Replies Continue Reading
Blue Christmas: When Red and Green Make Blue

Blue Christmas: When Red and Green Make Blue

The last time I heard the words “Blue Christmas,” they were crooned by Elvis.

Published: December 7, 2021 | Last Updated: December 7, 2021 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Other Advice

How To Say No To A Friend: It’s Never Easy

How To Say No To A Friend: It’s Never Easy

Saying NO can unravel a friendship but sometimes there’s no way around it. Here are some basic tips on how to say NO to a friend.

Published: May 10, 2022 | Last Updated: May 11, 2022 By | Reply Continue Reading
Not Just Friends Anymore: A Disappointed Co-Worker

Not Just Friends Anymore: A Disappointed Co-Worker

They’re not just friends anymore. A guy is disappointed by his co-worker and can’t imagine why she’s keeping him at a distance. 

Published: March 31, 2022 | Last Updated: March 31, 2022 By | Reply Continue Reading

Recent Posts

How To Deal With A Flaky Friend

How To Deal With A Flaky Friend

Do you have an unreliable, flaky friend? It’s a pretty common complaint I hear about from readers and even among my own friends. And it’s something that often frays friendships and even ends them entirely. What is a flaky friend? A flaky friend is someone who tends to be unreliable and unpredictable. In short, you […]

Published: March 6, 2022 | Last Updated: March 7, 2022 By | Reply Continue Reading
Psych 101: When A Close Friend Is Depressed

Psych 101: When A Close Friend Is Depressed

It’s depressing to be with a friend who is truly depressed. You may even get weepy yourself. Here are some tips on how to help a depressed friend.

Published: February 26, 2022 | Last Updated: February 26, 2022 By | 78 Replies Continue Reading
Resurrecting A Friendship With A Son’s Girlfriend

Resurrecting A Friendship With A Son’s Girlfriend

An adult son’s girlfriend is angry at his mother, who once was her friend, after a conflict between them. The mom asks for advice.

Published: February 15, 2022 | Last Updated: February 15, 2022 By | Reply Continue Reading