Archive for November, 2011

Dumped: But my friend wants to remain connected — on her terms

November 26, 2011 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

When a friend dumps you, she can’t call all the shots…   QUESTION Dear Irene, How do you handle a situation where a very dear friend, who also happens to be your friend from work, wants an extended time out and at the same time insists that I should keep on being friends with her […]

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Thanksgiving Day – 2011

November 24, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

I hope you’re surrounded by the warmth of family and friends—near and far—and that you are thankful for the bounty at your table. If you are alone, I hope that the day is relaxing and that you are thinking about what you have rather than what you don’t. Each day is a blessing. I was touched […]

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My friend dumped me because she thinks I made a play for her husband

November 23, 2011 | By | 13 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi, I’d known my friend and her husband for about twelve years. I had always got along with her husband and we went on a group holiday about three years ago and that’s when her husband and I became friendly. We had a lot in common and could laugh and joke about things. I […]

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AOL Jobs: I Tattled on a Co-Worker

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November 21, 2011 by Rachel Zupek Farrell   When you walk past your co-worker’s desk, you notice he’s on Facebook. The next time you walk by, you see he’s on it again. In fact, you start to notice that more often than not, every time you pass your colleague, he’s on Facebook. So, do you […]

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Mom worried about work friendship endangering her child’s emotional well-being

November 19, 2011 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION  Hi Irene, I work for a business that represents some former friends. They have a nine-year-old daughter who was a BFF with our nine-year-old daughter. Over the summer, the friends offered to care for our daughter one day a week while I was at work. It all started out almost too well, with tons […]

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Galtime.Com: How to Help Your Daughter Survive a Best Friend Breakup

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By Stephanie Betzler, Associate Producer 11/17/11   It has happened to most of us at one point or another. Whether the result of a huge, "Jersey Shore"-style screaming match or a more subtle and gradual distancing, the majority of women have experienced (or witnessed) a best-friend "breakup." Knowing how difficult such situations can be, it […]

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Online Resource: What to tell to a friend who has cancer

November 17, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Some women are so uncomfortable speaking to a friend who has recently been diagnosed with cancer that they respond with avoidance. It’s unfortunate for each of them and for the friendship. The person who was just diagnosed may be struggling with a host of feelings, emotions, and practical problems. Having close friends to count upon […]

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Yahoo-Shine – How to Fight Fair with Your Best Friend

November 17, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

By Tyger Danger, GalTime.com November 16, 2011   …Boys are a typical root of female fights, says Professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and author of "Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend" Irene S. Levine, PhD. That said, every battle over boyfriends need not be a […]

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Brushed aside by my “best friend” at a formal dinner party

November 16, 2011 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, Being that a new husband is a good friend — and should be a best friend — how do you handle being abandoned at a formal dinner party? Your partner is right next to you, but ignores you for a good 30 minutes talking to another woman whose husband most likely is […]

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An Insecure Friend

November 15, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION  Dear Irene, I am generally insecure when it comes to friends. I am frightened that if I don’t co-operate or meet their requirements they will dump me. This was true during my college days- and now I’m married with two kids and still haven’t gotten over it. The second problem is I usually don’t […]

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