Archive for May, 2011

Depression, loneliness and friendship

Published: May 30, 2011 | Last Updated: October 26, 2013 By | 12 Replies Continue Reading

The combination of depression, pain and loneliness

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Five signs a friendship’s headed south…

Published: May 26, 2011 | Last Updated: April 18, 2024 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

Hmmm…..it just doesn’t feel right   Friendships change over time. Just like a well-worn bra that has slowly lost its shape and support, once-close friendships also fray without one or both friends fully realizing what is happening. In my survey of more than 1500 women for my book, Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with […]

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Trouble Making Close Friends?

Published: May 25, 2011 | Last Updated: September 12, 2021 By | 17 Replies Continue Reading

A woman has trouble making close friends and asks whether her trouble making friends is related to culture or personality.

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How to set boundaries with an oddball co-worker

Published: May 24, 2011 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I have a co-worker who is married who came from a central office to a satellite office where I work. His co-workers from the central office made undermining jokes about him. I’m beginning to understand why. He boasts about an association he’s in and tells stories about what he’s doing. He visits […]

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Friendship by the Book: An interview with the author of The Friendship Fix

Published: May 23, 2011 | Last Updated: April 11, 2024 By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

I’m always excited when a new book about friendship surfaces and was happy to have the chance to interview Dr. Andrea Bonior about her recently released book, The Friendship Fix. Irene: Andrea, briefly tell us about your book. Andrea: The Friendship Fix talks about friendship, “friendship” and everything in between. It’s a handbook in some […]

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A teen asks: Why are friendships so fleeting?

Published: May 21, 2011 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

The teen years are a time when young people are finding out who they are and figuring out whom to befriend–making friendships somewhat fleeting.

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Q& A with Valerie Rains: Girlfriend Getaways

Published: May 20, 2011 | Last Updated: May 20, 2011 By | Reply Continue Reading

Friendships need to be nurtured and travel—even for a weekend—allows friends to see new places, strengthen vital ties, and create shared memories. This month Budget Travel magazine released its debut spring/summer 2011 edition of Girlfriend Getaways as a special pullout section of the May issue. I was delighted to speak to its Editor, Valerie Rains […]

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Slippery slope: How do I downgrade a relationship with a best friend?

Published: May 18, 2011 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

A woman asks how she can make that transition out of best friend status and downgrade it with minimum damage.

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Bridesmaids, The Movie: Overpromise Left Me Feeling Flat

Published: May 17, 2011 | Last Updated: April 3, 2021 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading
Bridesmaids, The Movie: Overpromise Left Me Feeling Flat

Bridesmaids, the movie, got rave reviews from critics, but it left me feeling flat. What does it teach us about female friendships?

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Is This Friendship Worth “The Talk”?

Published: May 16, 2011 | Last Updated: October 26, 2021 By | 13 Replies Continue Reading
Is This Friendship Worth “The Talk”?

Sometimes there’s no point in having “the talk” if a friendship is consistently disappointing and unrewarding.

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