Archive for June, 2011

How can I fire a bridesmaid?

June 30, 2011 | By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

Weddings can be tense but this bridesmaid problem seems to have started long before the wedding.

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The Etiquette of Hugging

June 30, 2011 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

To hug or not to hug? Often the answer isn’t clear-cut.   Read my interview with life coach Lauree Ostrofosky that talks about the etiqutte of hugging, just posted on Life Goes Strong.

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My friend is like an FBI interrogator…asking so many questions

June 29, 2011 | By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

Some people ask so many questions that they make us feel violated. QUESTION Hi, I have a friend who constantly asks where I’m going, what I’m doing, and who I’m with, etc. She is a great friend otherwise, but I feel like I’m being interrogated! If I say I’m busy or don’t want to go […]

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Is a less-than-perfect friend better than no friend at all?

It’s so easy to become attached to the idea of "having a best friend" that we ignore the reality of a flawed friendship.   QUESTION Dear Irene, There’s a girl who I thought was my best friend forever whom I’ve grown to dislike. I feel guilty for wanting to dump her, but I don’t know […]

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A Friend Indeed

June 27, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

The Woodstock (Ontario, CA) Sentinel Review By Heather Millar   "Nowadays, you can rent almost anything if you can’t really afford it : A car, a house or a great sofa. And now you can rent the thing that takes years to build up to -a friend. Thanks to rentafriend.com, a monthly or annual fee […]

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How to handle an adult bully

I cannot believe I am dealing with a female, adult, bully at age 42—but here I am. She is a neighbor who lives behind my house. My husband and I had a brief friendship with her and her husband. It was brief because they were very over-bearing and demanding.

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Do I need to breakup with my sister-in-law?

June 22, 2011 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I need your help. My new husband of two years was involved with a woman before me for five years. Even though he told her to stay away from his sister and told his sister to stay away from her, they persisted in their relationship. His sister insists she is not in […]

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CBS News – Psychologists analyze the most-tweeted-about relationship killers

June 22, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Author: Ysolt Usigan What can break your heart? Here, we reveal 10 of the major “relationship killers” according to tweeters. But not to worry, we asked relationship experts to provide helpful advice on how to avoid them. 1) SOCIAL NETWORKS Irene Levine, professor of psychiatry at New York University’s School of Medicine and author of […]

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Need a new BFF? Take a summer course

June 21, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

One of the easiest ways to make lasting friendships is by being a student. When people are in the same place, facing the same challenges, and meeting up with the same people day after day, finding new friendships seems effortless. Opportunities aren’t as plentiful after graduation but it’s never too late to go back to […]

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Diagnosed with breast cancer and feeling depressed? Don’t isolate yourself

June 20, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Being treated for breast cancer can be physically and emotionally tough to endure   QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m sorry, I hope this whole post makes sense, I’m not able to think properly right now but I needed to get this off my chest. These past six months have been extremely difficult. I’m being treated for […]

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