Archive for February, 2010

Can a friend who is ‘green with envy’ really be a friend?

February 28, 2010 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION   Dear Irene: I am in my mid-thirties and have always made and had easy friendships. People really like me and I like them and being liked. All would be well except that I harbor a very strong and miserable envious streak. I cannot bear to see my friends be happy in their romantic […]

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Dr. Levine comments on “How to find Mommy Friends”

February 25, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

By Katherine Bontrager At one time, 10 at night was the time you hit the town, instead of hitting the sheets. And 3 in the morning was when the bars closed and you feared nursing a hangover, instead of nursing a hungry infant. Ah, the difference one positive pregnancy test and a lifetime of love […]

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Roll Out the Red Carpet: Oscar party advice from Girlfriend

February 24, 2010 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Dawn Williams Bertuca and Tina VanZant Bishop are two talented women who juggle marriage, motherhood, and jobs. In the spare time they have left, they are virtual party planners extraordinaire. In 2005, they created to foster female friendships on the internet, and to provide women with party ideas for girls’ nights in and girls’ […]

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A Leap of Faith: Dumped over religious differences?

February 20, 2010 | By | 18 Replies Continue Reading

It is true that differences in religion, politics and values can create wedges between people who were once close friends—but this generally doesn’t happen when friendships are otherwise solid. People accept the differences and agree to disagree so the differences don’t interfere with the relationship.

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March 27 issue of First for Women – Dr. Levine Offers Advice on How to Mend a Friendship

February 20, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

First for Women – March 27, 2010   Click here to read The Friendship Doctor’s advice on how to react if you are rebuffed when you try to mend a fractured friendship.

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Friendship, caring, and “the call list”

February 17, 2010 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading
Friendship, caring, and “the call list”

Each of us should have a Saturday morning “call list” to express our affection for the people we truly care about.

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Friends in unlikely places: The X factor

February 10, 2010 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Whether it’s an ex-girlfriend, ex-wife, or ex-lover, most women would immediately dismiss the possibility of negotiating a real friendship with a living apparition from their partner’s past. Admittedly, these relationships are thorny but they can have some upsides. My friend, life coach Lauree Ostrofsky of the Washington, DC area, offered to pen (keyboard) a guest […]

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A breakdown of trust: When long-time friends fight over a guy

February 8, 2010 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, For the past six to eight months I’ve had two friendships deteriorate. Jillian had been my friend for about 15 years. We never partied or saw much of each other due to distance and her ten-year relationship with a guy yet we always kept in touch. When her relationship was over, […]

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Is “befriending” a treatment for depression?

February 8, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Having a close friend or two to talk to—someone on whom you can depend for emotional support—can be great when little things accumulate or you temporarily feel down in the dumps. But can a friend talk you out of depression or lessen its pernicious effects? A study recently published in the British Journal of Psychiatry […]

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The Friendship Doctor on Finding New Friends Fast – Life & Beauty Weekly

February 4, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Find New Friends Fast By Catherine Ryan   Have you lost touch with old girlfriends? Or recently moved to a new town? Finding a new BFF is easier than you might think. Read Catherine Ryan’s interview with Dr. Levine here:      

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