Archive for May, 2010

The Friendship Doctor in The Cape Cod Times

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Parenthood can change how you relate to childless friends By HEIDI STEVENS CHICAGO TRIBUNE May 30, 2010 2:00 AM   "No relationship is perfect and neither are friendships," says Irene S. Levine, author of "Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend" (Overlook Press). "Kids are always a challenge that upsets the balance, […]

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Losing sleep over a betrayal by a couple

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QUESTION Dear Irene, My husband and I were very close friends with another couple who betrayed and hurt us deeply. They made twisted and false accusations about our marriage, my upbringing, my mental state, etc. They shared this with our neighbors and friends but luckily, it did not affect how our neighbors treated us. If […]

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Is turning off a cell phone the solution to this friendship problem?

May 29, 2010 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, My friend and I are best friends and I care about her a great deal. She calls me A LOT! I don’t mind that but the problem is that if I don’t pick up the phone she gets really upset. Many times, I have tried to explain to her that I don’t […]

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Real Simple Magazine: Finding Times for Friends

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May 28, 2010   By Erin Kane   …So how much time should you spend investing in your friendships?   According to Dr. Irene Levine, author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving A Breakup With Your Best Friend, the amount of time women want to or can spend on friendships varies greatly. "While there is no […]

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The Friendship Doctor weighs in on the SATC Friendship

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS by Rosemary Black Thursday, May 27th 2010, 4:00 AM   ‘Til death do us part: The friendship shared by the four main characters in ‘Sex and the City’ doesn’t often happen in real life" Luxury vacations. Long, leisurely lunches sans spouses or kids. Intimate, soul-baring discussions. How can Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte […]

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Finding a Bunco group, one player at a time

QUESTION Dear Irene, First of all, thank you for your blog and columns; I’ve gained much insight from you. I am a 42-year-old mother of two boys and I have always had trouble making friends. I’ve read countless books on the subject of relationships and intellectually, I know what to do: Be open, smile, ask […]

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BFF: Surviving a Breakup named finalist in Indie Awards

May 26, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend (Overlook Press, 2009) by Irene S. Levine, PhD was selected as a Finalist in the Women’s Issues category of the National Indie Excellence Awards!   Like Sundance is to the film industry, the National Indie Excellence Awards contest shines a spotlight on books that demonstrate […]

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The Friendship Doctor interviewed by The Week Magazine

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Health and Science Postpartum depression in men? Researchers say 10.4 percent of new dads experience emotional lows – further complicating the parenting challenge by Rosemary Black May 19, 2010, …A number of factors seem to come into play, including hormone changes (estrogen drops in women, and testerone drops in men when there’s a new baby). […]

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From the Staten Island Advance – on Friendship Circles

May 26, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Fortify your Circle By Elise McIntosh May 25, 2010   STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — If Carrie and Miranda didn’t exist, would Charlotte and Samantha be BFFs? Probably not. “Sex and the City” fans eagerly awaiting the film’s sequel — in theaters Thursday — know Charlotte, a softspoken romantic, likely wouldn’t be able to keep up […]

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From MSN.com – Friends Forever: Not!

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How to Handle a Best Friend Breakup by Natasha Burton for Glo.MSN.com   …Losing a girlfriend can be an extremely lonely experience, says Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving A Break-Up With Your Best Friend. “One of the things that makes [a friend break-up] really difficult is that there is no […]

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