Archive for May, 2009

Does a ‘best friendship’ need to be a monogamous relationship?

Remember that your relationship with a best friend is unique—and unlike any other relationship that either of you have.

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The Seven-Year Expiration Date on Friendships

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It’s always exhilarating to make a close friend—a soul mate—someone you understand and who makes you feel understood. When this happens, it feels like the bond will last a lifetime. Yet most friendships, even the best of them, don’t last forever. Research by Dutch sociologist Gerald Mollenhorst at Utrecht University confirms that the large majority […]

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A friendship stuck in Dullsville

May 20, 2009 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My best friend and I are boring each other to tears. She is seven years older than I am, so she is at a different place in life. This wasn’t a problem when we first became friends about 6 years ago (I was 19 then and she was 26, so we both […]

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Seven Friendship Recovery Affirmations

Most friendships don’t last forever. If you are reeling from a failed friendship or one that seemed to drift apart, here are some thoughts to help you get over the hurt. It may even be more helpful to substitute your own.   Repeat these affirmations as many times as it takes to actually feel them […]

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Downgrading a disappointing friendship

QUESTION Hello, I have been struggling over this issue for so long and do not know what to do. I am 37 years old and have had a close friendship with a girl since second grade. Since then, we have been BFFs. After 7th grade I moved away, but we stayed connected and visited each […]

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On Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends – those who are, those who will be, those who have and those who had~   Read the story of the Migrant Mother, Florence Owens Thompson, whose picture taken by Dorothea Lange during the Great Depression depicts the strength and resilience of motherhood   

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A misunderstanding with a primadonna

QUESTION Irene, I had a wonderful friendship with a female friend for the past five years. But, our friendship ended recently due to her being angry at me for cancelling my plans to attend her concert last Sunday. My son’s birthday party ended up being on the same day, so I felt that my family […]

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More on Friendship Circles: Sprichst du Deutsch?

It is always interesting to discover the universality of female friendships. That’s why (with her permission) I wanted to post this Facebook message that I received from Carolina Asuquo-Brown. By way of introduction, Carolina studied American literature and psychology in Germany and in London and now practices psychotherapy in Frankfurt, Germany. She is especially interested […]

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Circles of Friends

Some women have the good fortune of having a circles of friends with a shared history

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May 2, 2009

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Have you been reading my posts on The Friendship Blog this month? If you haven’t, this is what you’ve missed: April 29 The Girls from Ames: An Interview with best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow I was thrilled to be able to interview Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow about his new book that recently made the […]

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