Archive for January, 2011

Friendship in hindsight: What went wrong with this office friendship?

January 31, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m 25 years old and currently live in Germany. A year ago I entered into a relationship with a man who works at the same institute as me. His ex-girlfriend also works there and we have friends in common. He broke off the relationship with her about eight months before but they […]

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USA Today: It doesn’t take a time machine to try again

January 28, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

By Kim Painter   Groundhog Day used to be about a rodent and a forecast. Then a certain 1993 movie turned it into the ultimate do-over day – a day that repeats over and over until Bill Murray’s character gets it just right. In that spirit, here are five ways to make like that reformed […]

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Ditched by a best friend

January 28, 2011 | By | 88 Replies Continue Reading

If you have been ditched by a best friend, it’s probably time to back off.

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Guest Post: When BFF stands for Bad Feelings For everyone

January 26, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

By Lucy S. Danziger and Catherine Birndorf, MD, co-authors of The Nine Rooms of Happiness Friendships bringing you down? Social stress can add to feeling completely overwhelmed this time of year. Here are three strategies for how to cope with it. All those resolutions to "be a better person" and be the best we can […]

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Her other best friend

January 24, 2011 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi, My friend just moved here during the summer, and ever since then we’ve been really good friends. I feel like I can tell her anything and talk about anything. I think we hit Best Friend Status, but I really don’t know because she’s always talking about her best friend where she used to […]

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What do you do when a good friend hits on your husband?

January 22, 2011 | By | 16 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, My best friend since first grade has an obvious crush on my husband. She would never admit it outright and would be hurt if she heard me say it. My husband has asked me to end my relationship with her because it makes him feel uncomfortable.   My husband is really my […]

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Getting Over an Old Grudge: Clearing the air

January 20, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I was in my best friend’s wedding 25 years ago and then never heard from her again, no returned calls—nothing. She had been distancing herself from me for a while so it didn’t come as a surprise. But it hurt terribly. Fifteen years ago, she gave my mother her phone number and […]

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AOL Health: Like Family, Many Friends Share the Same Genes

January 19, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

January 18th, 2011 by Deborah Huso   …It turns out, that much like we are with family, we also may be "connected" to our friends through our genes, according to a study from the University of California, San Diego.   Dr. James Fowler, professor in the School of Medicine and the Division of Social Sciences […]

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Guest Post: Mixed-Age Facebook Friendships

January 18, 2011 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

By Lynn Bozof A strange but very sweet thing is happening. Do Facebook and other social media have anything to do with it? My adult children are now “friending” my friends on Facebook, leading to inter-generational relationships. When I was a young adult, I would have thought it so strange to have a friendship with […]

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Desperate for friendship at college

January 17, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I’m 18 and a freshman in college. At the end of my senior year, my best friends started dropping like flies. My two best friends were total opposites. The first, who shared every interest and activity I was passionate about, faded away after our first disputes. She was the gentle person I […]

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