Archive for March, 2012

Friendship by the Book – When A Friend Dies

March 18, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

There have been many prior posts on The Friendship Blog about the pain of losing a close friend but the tragedy of losing a friend to suicide is especially haunting.   In her new book, The Guardians: An Elegy, award-winning writer Sarah Manguso has crafted a beautiful story to help her understand and better cope […]

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Friendship: When Little Problems Mushroom into Big Ones

March 16, 2012 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I’ve been struggling about what to do about my friend Jennifer, whom I’ve known for 14 years. She really took me aback with a letter she wrote me almost a year ago. It included everything I had done that had upset her, all the way back to 2005, when she was my […]

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Bad New Beau: What You Shouldn’t Say to a Friends in a Toxic Relationship

March 15, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

March 13, 2012 By Natasha Burton   There’s often that one friend who-whether by habit or happenstance-has gotten stuck on Mr. Wrong. (Of course, in some cases, that friend is us.) When you’re watching her situation from the outside, seeing a close pal fall for a guy who doesn’t treat her right can really test […]

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May the Best Woman Win? How Competition Can Hurt Friendships

March 15, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 By Hannah Orenstein   A few weeks ago, ultimate overachiever Spencer on Pretty Little Liars said, "I have this weird little quirk where I have to be competitive at everything. I even have to win at yoga." Her track record backs her up – she’s competed with her older sister Melissa in everything […]

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Nervous about my friend moving on

March 13, 2012 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

When situations change, friendships may change too. If the bonds are strong, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a friend moving is the end of the friendship.

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Two friends who need each other—but don’t like each other

March 13, 2012 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

A needy, symbiotic relationship usually comes to an end when one person changes.   QUESTION   Hi Irene, I have been friends with Jade for eight years and now I’m starting to question the nature of our relationship. The thing is I’ve never really liked her, and I know that she doesn’t really care for […]

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Mothering a Dependent Friend: How do I change course?

March 9, 2012 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

How do you get out of the role of mothering a dependent friend?

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How You Can Help Other Women – International Women’s Day is March 8, 2012

March 7, 2012 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Observed since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day (IWD) is now celebrated globally.

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From the Friendship Forums: Ten Signs of a Lazy Friend

March 7, 2012 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

The biggest downside of being a lazy friend is what you lose out on—rather than the other person   This week, there was a provocative thread on The Friendship Forums entitled, Friendships Getting Lazier in General? The poster LoveToTravel2011 expressed her frustration that some friends are lazy in not responding to mails, calls, or invitations […]

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Pen Pals Still Exist: The Friendship Doctor Interviews the Founders of the Letter Writers Alliance

March 6, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Snail mail correspondence can cement connections with old friends and help us make new ones.   On several prior blog posts, commenters at The Friendship Blog expressed interested in connecting with pen pals. I read about an organization called The Letter Writers Alliance and interviewed its founders, Kathy Zadrozny and Donovan Beeson, so they (and […]

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