Archive for August, 2011

Rich Girl, Poor Girl: Can their friendship survive?

Published: August 31, 2011 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, One winter break I invited a close friend of mine home from school and was really excited to host her. We were both ambitious students, and although we had been slightly competitive before (when we took one class together – probably not the best idea), we managed to keep rivalry out of […]

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With Friends Like These: Book Giveaway and Q & A with Author Sally Koslow

Published: August 29, 2011 | Last Updated: February 3, 2021 By | 12 Replies Continue Reading

Sally Koslow’s witty and wise novel, With Friends Like These, just came out in paperback. The story focuses on an important friendship theme, disappointment and forgiveness among friends.   If you would like to win two copies of the book — one for you and one for a friend — post your own story about […]

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My Home Away from Home: Making friends in Maine

Published: August 28, 2011 | Last Updated: May 11, 2015 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

There are challenges in making and keeping friends in two geographical locations simultaneously but they can be overcome if you set your mind to it.

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Guest Post: I found my childhood bully on Facebook

Published: August 25, 2011 | Last Updated: June 23, 2022 By | 21 Replies Continue Reading

By Barbara Greenberg, PhD, Psychologist and Teen Parenting Expert   I was writing an article about teaching kids how to deal with bullies. Well, as usual, one thought led to another and I looked up my middle school bully on Facebook. I must admit that I also looked up a high school bully. These were […]

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My friend doesn’t know how to say “thank you”

Published: August 24, 2011 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 18 Replies Continue Reading

A friend sends a gift to her friend’s teenage daughter and receives no acknowledgement. Should she say something?   QUESTION Hi Irene, My friend is having a hard time financially and hasn’t been shy in letting me know. When it came time for her daughter’s high school graduation last May, I sent the girl, whom […]

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UK Daily Mail – The Curse of the Toxic Friend

Published: August 23, 2011 | Last Updated: August 23, 2011 By | Reply Continue Reading

How eight in ten of us put up with people who cause more harm than good   By Tamara Abraham Last updated at 8:25 AM on 23rd August 2011 Read more:

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On MSNBC and the Today Show – Toxic Friends

Published: August 23, 2011 | Last Updated: August 23, 2011 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Thanks to Eaglewings for flagging this article on toxic friends that resulted from a survey conducted by and Self Magazine.   The results suggest that a staggering 84 percent of women and 75 percent of men have toxic friendships. I provided background information to the writer, Diane Mapes, some of which is outlined in […]

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Today’s Health: Toxic friends? 8 in 10 people endure poisonous pals

Published: August 22, 2011 | Last Updated: August 22, 2011 By | Reply Continue Reading

In a survey conducted by The Today Show and Self Magazine, 84 percent of women and 75 percent of men admitted to having a toxic friendship.   The writer, Dianne Mapes, asked Dr. Levine to weigh in on the remedies:   Need help dealing with a toxic pal? Try these tips from Irene Levine: Self-absorbed […]

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Should My Friend Who Gossips Tell Me What I Don’t Want To Hear?

Published: August 22, 2011 | Last Updated: September 4, 2021 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Just because your friend who gossips heard something about you doesn’t necessarily she should pass it along to you.

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Do I have to be friends with a difficult sister-in-law?

Published: August 21, 2011 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

Relationships with sister-in-laws can be complicated — especially for women, who tend to be the “connectors” or glue that holds families together.

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