Archive for August, 2011

Rich Girl, Poor Girl: Can their friendship survive?

August 31, 2011 | 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

August 29, 2011 | 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

August 28, 2011 | 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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My namesake, Hurricane Irene

August 27, 2011 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

Gosh, I’ve taken a lot of teasing this week! But Hurricane Irene has also triggered a slew of phone calls from friends, saying they’re thinking of me! For anyone living on the east coast of the US, the predictions of my namesake hurricane are dire. I suspect that many of us will be losing power […]

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Guest Post: I found my childhood bully on Facebook

August 25, 2011 | 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”

August 24, 2011 | 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

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

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

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 tell me gossip I don’t want to hear?

August 22, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Just because you’ve heard gossip, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pass it along to its target   QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, I have a friend who thinks she’s being a friend by telling me what other people say about me. I am not talking about compliments – I’m talking about rumors and gossip. I […]

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