Archive for March, 2010

Martha and Her: The Best of Friends?

March 30, 2010 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

Dear Martha Stewart, After reading Mariana Pasternak’s new telltale book, The Best of Friends: Martha and Me (Harper, 2010), I know how betrayed you must feel. You have to be asking yourself: How could Mariana, who I considered one of my closest friends, betray me like this? Granted, I’ve only read her side of the […]

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Friendship: The importance of showing up

March 29, 2010 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I have been friends with Amy since high school, and we are now mothers in our 30s. I have a 10-year-old and another baby on the way. Last August, I got married and that’s when things went weird. My husband and I had a very small intimate wedding: only immediate family, and […]

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How to Break Up With a Friend: The WSJ interviews The Friendship Doctor

March 27, 2010 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

I loved speaking with Elizabeth Bernstein of the Wall Street Journal last week and then reading her regular Bonds column that highlighted how painful breakups can be between friends. She offered some great tips to make endings easier. Here are some of her tips culled from her interviews for the article • Take a deep […]

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Finding A Long Lost Friend: Let Me Count The Ways

March 26, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Here’s my new and improved list on how to find a long lost friend~

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Unfriendly? Her problem, not yours

March 25, 2010 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, There is a woman who has a child in my son’s class, and we have volunteered together on occasion. She is very visible as she is also one of the PTA vice-presidents, and is very active on campus. Several times I have smiled at her, said hello, and basically tried to send […]

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Making friends after the age of 65: What are the options?

March 24, 2010 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, At age 66, I lost a very close friend (45-year friendship) when she moved out of state. We talk on the phone once a week, but that isn’t the same. I am happily married, but I need a good female friend. I do have other friends, but I feel the need for […]

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In the Media: Wall Street Journal Interview – How to Break Up With a Friend

March 23, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Dr. Levine was interviewed in the Wall Street Journal Bonds column.

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When a friend’s gifts are over-the-top

March 22, 2010 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

A friend’s gifts are always over-the-top making the recipient feel uncomfortable.

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On AOL Health: How to make friends as an adult

March 20, 2010 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Making friends — even the Facebook kind — as an adult isn’t always easy. by Stephanie Tweito Jacob 3/17/10   "It’s important to realize that once you leave high school or college — where people are thrown together and are living in the same place, doing the same thing and sharing similar interests — it […]

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A friend you can count on…well, sometimes

March 19, 2010 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene: My friend sent me a message on Facebook (a personal message, not where it could be read by everyone). She said: Hey, your birthday is coming up Friday, what do you want to do? She said she wanted us to do something, just her and me. She said her boyfriend didn’t want […]

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