Archive for January, 2012

Guest Post: Friendship Survival for Childfree Women

Published: January 16, 2012 | Last Updated: January 7, 2024 By | 12 Replies Continue Reading

When a woman who is childfree by choice hears that her girlfriend is “in the family way,” it’s not uncommon to have mixed feelings…

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No Social Life in High School: My Part-Time Friends

Published: January 9, 2012 | Last Updated: January 9, 2012 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

Why are my high school friends only my friends when we’re at school?   QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m a senior in high school and have no social life whatsoever. It’s not that I have no friends–I have a group of people that I’m really close with in school. We’re always together, talking, laughing, whatever. However, […]

Read More Breaking Up (with Friends) is Hard To Do

Published: January 9, 2012 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

January 4, 2012 by Jane Ganahl   Twice in recent years, I’ve suffered through friendship breakups. Both times it was a longtime friend telling me it was over, with more drama than I’ve normally experienced in romantic splits. They were for different reasons, but rest assured that the kitchen sink was involved both times. ("Remember […]

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Words with Friends? Another Way to Make New Friends

Published: January 7, 2012 | Last Updated: January 6, 2016 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

If you are a nerdy wordy like me, you’ll love this story that I wrote for the NBC Universal website, Life Goes Strong, Words with Friends: A Serendipitous Way to make new friends. It’s about two people, one from Chicago and the other from the Netherlands, who met over this highly addictive word game and […]

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From The Friendship Forums – 8 Telltale Signs of a Social Climber

Published: January 6, 2012 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

It’s not too uncommon that people learn that a "friend" is not who she appears to be. Instead, she’s a social climber who utilizes friendships to enhance her own status. The original poster on a thread on The Friendship Forums wrote that with "20/20 retro vision" she realized that her friend was using her to […]

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Should friends be brutally truthful with one another?

Published: January 4, 2012 | Last Updated: September 25, 2013 By | 30 Replies Continue Reading

While everyone wants authentic, truthful friendships, it can be challenging to find the right balance between honesty and tact

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Friendship by the Book – MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend

Published: January 2, 2012 | Last Updated: January 21, 2024 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

You might call Rachel Bertsche a serial dater. But that doesn’t quite capture her unique adventure. After relocating to Chicago, bereft of the strong network of friends, colleagues and familial supports she had in New York, the author spent 52 weeks prospecting for girlfriends in her search for a bestie. She’s written a highly praised […]

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A Refrigerator List: 5 simple ways to improve your friendships

Published: January 1, 2012 | Last Updated: January 3, 2016 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

As the New Year starts, here are five ways to improve your friendships.

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