Archive for June, 2011

How can I fire a bridesmaid?

Published: June 30, 2011 | Last Updated: November 11, 2014 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

Published: June 30, 2011 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 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

Published: June 29, 2011 | Last Updated: March 2, 2017 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?

Published: June 27, 2011 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 17 Replies Continue Reading

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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How To Handle An Adult Bully

Published: June 23, 2011 | Last Updated: August 29, 2022 By | 115 Replies Continue Reading

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?

Published: June 22, 2011 | Last Updated: 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

Published: June 22, 2011 | Last Updated: July 31, 2020 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

Published: June 21, 2011 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 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

Published: June 20, 2011 | Last Updated: October 11, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
Diagnosed With Breast Cancer and Feeling Depressed? Don’t Isolate Yourself

Being treated for breast cancer can be physically and emotionally tough to endure; social supports can be a lifesaver.

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Guest Post: 10 Tips for Making Friends on the Open Road

Published: June 17, 2011 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

Some women are reluctant to travel alone. But even if you start out as a single, you can make friends along the way. Evelyn Hannon (AKA The Journeywoman) was kind enough to share some of the tried and true ways she has learned to make friends on her travels. By Evelyn Hannon, The Journeywoman Remember […]

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