Archive for May, 2011

Depression, loneliness and friendship

The combination of depression, pain and loneliness

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Five signs a friendship’s headed south…

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?

A reader asks whether her trouble making close friends is related to culture or personality—

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How to set boundaries with an oddball co-worker

May 24, 2011 | 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

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 […]

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A teen asks: Why are friendships so fleeting?

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

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?

May 18, 2011 | 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

The movie critics raved about Bridesmaids, describing it as a watershed moment for the portrayal of female friendships on the big screen.   New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis wrote: "…The movie is smart about a lot of things, including the vital importance of female friendships."   Wall Street Journal critic Joel Morgenstern wrote: […]

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Is this friendship worth “the talk”?

Sometimes there’s nothing to talk about QUESTION Hi Irene, I am so glad I came across your blog, what a wonderful one it is too! My friendship dilemma is a lengthy one but I will do my best to keep it to the point. A couple years ago in my second year of university I […]

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