Archive for October, 2008

Reader Q & A: More than shy—could it be social anxiety?

October 25, 2008 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

Social anxiety is one factor that can make it difficult to make and keep friends.

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Friendship by the Book: An interview with the author of The Professors’ Wives’ Club

October 23, 2008 | By | Reply Continue Reading

The Professors’ Wives’ Club revolves around four women, so different from one another that they might even appear unlikely as friends.

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Reader Q & A: Is my childhood friendship worth saving?

October 22, 2008 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene: My best friend, well ex-best friend and I grew up as next door neighbors…destined to be best friends forever. We were those girls who were inseparable and would laugh at the most silly things no matter how silly we would look. After 19 years, we were still the best of friends and […]

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Reader Q & A: The Saga of the Disappointed Diva

October 21, 2008 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene, I’m currently going through a friend breakup. She became very emotionally needy at the beginning of our relationship and I always felt compelled to help. She told me that I was distant and needed to let my guard down so that we could be close. I did and we eventually became BFFs. […]

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‘Girls’ Night Out’ Takes a Hit with the Economic Downturn

October 20, 2008 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

However and wherever you live, the effects of the economic downturn have been pervasive, leaving few of us unscathed. They’re even affecting our friendships!   With the cost of entertainment, transportation and meals skyrocketing, there’s a natural tendency to hunker down, cocoon at home, and reduce spending. "In times like this, everyone is looking for […]

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Reader Q & A: What to do about a judgmental friend?

October 19, 2008 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene, My friend and I have known each other since college, and we were roommates throughout. We were very, very close when we were younger, but as we got older and moved to different places our friendship became more distant, though we remained good friends. I’ve moved to her town for graduate school, […]

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Just for fun: ‘Girls’ Night In’ Photo Contest

October 14, 2008 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Do you have a great picture of you and your friends hanging out that you’d like to share? Good news: I have three awesome prizes to award.   The woes on Wall Street—and the slump on your street—may up the risk of fractured friendships. With the economic downturn, many of us are finding that we […]

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Friendship Counts: Looking at the numbers

October 13, 2008 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

Readers are always interested in friendship counts: how the numbers of their friendships stack up to those of others.

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Reader Q & A: Missing a second mum

October 8, 2008 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi Irene, I have a much older friend than myself. She is old enough to be my Mum and I do think of her as a second Mum. We’ve been through a lot together, and she has fulfilled the gap of being my Mum. I have a family and husband myself but have not […]

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Reader Q & A: Dumped by a group—what to do?

October 7, 2008 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi Irene, I found your blog and it is very interesting!! I recently had a break up with a group of friends. Due to circumstances beyond my control I didn’t have much time to spend with them during the spring. Instead of understanding and being happy with weekly dinners or phone calls, they alienated […]

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