Making Friends

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
The Gift of Gab: Learning to Talk to Each Other Again

The Gift of Gab: Learning to Talk to Each Other Again

Social skills need a refresh after the isolation of the pandemic? Guest contributor Cindy La Ferle talks about the skills that will give you the gift of gab.

Published: July 28, 2021 | Last Updated: August 19, 2021 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Keeping Friends

Friendship and Morals: Before, During and After The Age of Trump

Friendship and Morals: Before, During and After The Age of Trump

The relationship between friendship and morals is examined in a new study published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Published: December 3, 2021 | Last Updated: December 3, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
Friend Poaching: How Do I Handle Feeling Left Out?

Friend Poaching: How Do I Handle Feeling Left Out?

Friend poaching occurs when someone introduces two friends and they form a relationship that excludes you. Ouch!

Published: November 5, 2021 | Last Updated: November 5, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading

Resolving Problems

My Best Friend Will Not Be Coming To My Wedding

My Best Friend Will Not Be Coming To My Wedding

A woman is upset that her friend will not be coming to her wedding after a fallout two years ago and isn’t sure how she should respond.

Published: October 21, 2021 | Last Updated: October 21, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
When Good Friends Forget Your Birthday

When Good Friends Forget Your Birthday

A reader asks what to do when your friends forget your birthday; she feels hurt and resentful and wonders if she should say or do something.

Published: October 11, 2021 | Last Updated: October 11, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading

Handling Breakups

My Friend Has Lost Interest In Our Friendship

My Friend Has Lost Interest In Our Friendship

When a friend has lost interest in a friendship, there is not much to do but move on. Friendships are dynamic and change over time.

Published: October 30, 2021 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
A Woman Asks How To End A Very Long Friendship

A Woman Asks How To End A Very Long Friendship

There’s no easy way to end a long friendship. Although you’ve decided to set boundaries, it is unlikely that she will be able to change.

Published: October 9, 2021 | By | 24 Replies Continue Reading

Having No Friends

A Woman Asks How To End A Very Long Friendship

A Woman Asks How To End A Very Long Friendship

There’s no easy way to end a long friendship. Although you’ve decided to set boundaries, it is unlikely that she will be able to change.

Published: October 9, 2021 | By | 24 Replies Continue Reading
Friendship and Aging: Is Losing Interest In Friends An Aging Thing?

Friendship and Aging: Is Losing Interest In Friends An Aging Thing?

Each of my women friends has — or had — good qualities, but ultimately, the positive didn’t outweigh the negative. Is my laziness in trying to make new (better, more compatible) friends an aging thing?

Published: August 30, 2021 | By | 55 Replies Continue Reading

Other Advice

10 Reasons Your Friend Didn’t Send A Holiday Card

10 Reasons Your Friend Didn’t Send A Holiday Card

Wondering whether or not to send a holiday card to friends? Should you only send them to the ones who send them to you?

Published: December 1, 2021 | Last Updated: December 1, 2021 By | 17 Replies Continue Reading
Worried Mom: My Daughter Doesn’t Have A Close Friend

Worried Mom: My Daughter Doesn’t Have A Close Friend

My 7-year-old daughter, soon to be 8, seems to be having some problems, and I am not sure how concerned I should be. I have two daughters; the younger one is 6. Even while writing this I am thinking, they are babies, but I do have concerns about my older daughter.

Published: October 7, 2021 | Last Updated: October 7, 2021 By | 14 Replies Continue Reading

Recent Posts

My Intolerant Friend Who Hates Children

My Intolerant Friend Who Hates Children

When you have a friend who hates children and is intolerant of your life decisions, it can be tough to sustain a friendship.

Published: October 31, 2021 | Last Updated: October 31, 2021 By | 53 Replies Continue Reading
Guest Post: What Do You Say To A Best Friend Who Has Cancer?

Guest Post: What Do You Say To A Best Friend Who Has Cancer?

My only clue was that my best friend had started detailing eating healthier foods in our almost daily email correspondence. She called on a Wednesday evening to tell me she had breast cancer and was having a mastectomy on Friday.

Published: October 11, 2021 | Last Updated: October 11, 2021 By | 11 Replies Continue Reading
What Should The Borrowing Policy Be Between Friends?

What Should The Borrowing Policy Be Between Friends?

A reader asks about the etiquette of “borrowing policy” between friends. A friend who asked to borrow something from her got upset when her request was turned down. 

Published: September 26, 2021 | Last Updated: September 26, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading