Archive for November, 2008

Friendship born of experience

November 28, 2008 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

A shared experience can bring people together and even create the foundation for life-long friendships. When I first arrived at my position at the National Institute of Mental Health, without any forewarning, my new supervisor told my friend-to-be Risa that she would be sharing an office with me. Surely, no one likes to lose their […]

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Reader Q & A: [email protected]

November 27, 2008 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene: A friend and I are about to start different jobs at the same place of business. We’ll have different responsibilities and pay but will work on the same team so we will interact fairly often. This will not be a supervisory relationship but I’m anxious about it. I don’t want to risk […]

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In the Media – The awkwardness of defriending

November 26, 2008 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

David Spark interviewed me a few evenings ago on the awkwardness of social network defriending.

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Send me a ‘tweet’

November 24, 2008 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Although I shouldn’t spend one more minute online, I decided to sign up for Twitter.   In case you aren’t one of the more than 3 million users already enrolled, Twitter is a social networking tool that lets you read and post messages of up to 140 characters (called tweets). Because of its brevity, twittering […]

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Reader Q & A: One-Upsmanship among friends

November 24, 2008 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hello, I am a 26-year old female. I have a problem with female friendships. It really annoys me when a friend tries to compete with me. I’ll give you an example. My boyfriend recently sent me flowers at work. I told one of my friends and she did not show any happiness for me. […]

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Reader Q &A: A Foot-in-Her-Mouth Friend

November 22, 2008 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

*QUESTION: Hi Dr. Levine, I’m having (and always seem to have) fractured friendships. (Great phrase, by the way!) I’m one of those people who is always trying to make a joke and therefore throw out a lot of one liners when the opportunity arises. Unfortunately, sometimes the jokes unintentionally hurt people’s feelings, and sometimes those […]

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Robotic friendship

November 21, 2008 | By | Reply Continue Reading

What will they think of next? Now there is a therapeutic robot designed as a BFF for people who yearn for companionship but aren’t able to take care of living things because they reside in a hospital or nursing home. The PARO robot takes the form of a baby harp seal. Priced at around $6000 […]

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Just for fun: HURU HUMI Photo Contest

November 20, 2008 | By | Reply Continue Reading

This post is about artificial friends. (No, I don’t mean the phony kind). Actually, I’m announcing my latest blog contest. These electronic toys caught my eye because they seem like the season’s perfect friendship gift for young women. When the prizes arrived, they were so cute that I was tempted to break into the tamperproof […]

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‘Girls’ Night In’ Photo Contest Winner Announced

November 20, 2008 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Congratulations to Claudine Jalajas of Rocky Point, New York, first-prize winner of the ‘Girls’ Night In’ Photo Contest. Courtesy of Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popcorn, Claudine and the other two winners will receive a popcorn bowl, a supply of Orville Redenbacher’s newest popcorn, Natural Lime & Salt popcorn (pairs well with margaritas), a picture frame and […]

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Nostalgia: One way of handling a friendship drought?

November 19, 2008 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

A reader of my blog is living overseas with several young children and is married to a man who routinely works long hours. Another woman I know is single; she recently moved to a new town to begin a demanding job that entails frequent travel. My own elderly mother has become frail with fewer and […]

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