Archive for January, 2013

Guest Post: Stress and e-mail can be bad for your health!

January 31, 2013 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
Guest Post: Stress and e-mail can be bad for your health!

In this first-person essay, my friend, health journalist Sheryl Kraft, laments about her stressful e-mail in-box and suggests that friends can be great stress-busters.

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IN THE NEWS: Best Friends as Almost-Husbands

January 29, 2013 | By | Reply Continue Reading

With women marrying later, more likely to be self-supporting, and sometimes opting to remain single, it’s not uncommon for them to find a best friend with whom they get very attached—in a relationship almost as intimate as a marriage.

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On Life Goes Strong: What NOT to say to a friend

January 27, 2013 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
On Life Goes Strong: What NOT to say to a friend

As important as knowing whato stay, it’s equally important to know what NOT to say to a friend. My latest post on the NBC Universal Website Life Goes Strong includes 13 tips on what NOT to say to a friend.

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How do I break up with a group?

January 27, 2013 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

I met some people and we had a shared hobby, so we started meeting on a regular basis to share information and enjoy our common interest. As a group we made decisions about what we would do and not do, when we would meet, how often, etc. However, over time, the group changed and there was no longer a single focus; it became much more of a social event than a study group.

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I’m having problems with a spinster friend

January 26, 2013 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

My spinster best friend is dragging down my love life! We are very close and talk about everything but I’ve noticed over the years that she is NEVER supportive of my relationships with men.

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Faking it: Is that what it takes to make new friends?

January 25, 2013 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

I find it difficult to fake it and that seems to be my issue in not making friends. I don’t like to gossip and don’t care about the girly conversations. I’m not into TV shows and everyone is crazy about fads, favorite movie stars, or songs that I couldn’t really care less about. They are just people: Get over it!

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IN THE MEDIA: How Marriage Changes Friendships

January 25, 2013 | By | Reply Continue Reading

The Friendship Doctor was recently interviewed by Lisa Milbrand of TheNest.com, who wrote an article about the many ways marriage can change, and even derail, friendships.

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How can I help my daughter with ADHD mend a broken friendship?

January 25, 2013 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

A mother of a daughter with ADHD is concerned about the impact of her daughter’s diagnosis on her friendships—and asks how to mend one she’s messed up.

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Guest Post: Why introverts have (even more) trouble making friends

January 18, 2013 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading
Guest Post: Why introverts have (even more) trouble making friends

Making new friends is difficult, especially for introverts. It’s not that we don’t like people or people don’t like us, it’s just that introverts are solitary by nature, and it can be difficult for us to break out and reach out to other people.

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Guest Post: 3 Ways to Flex Your Job for More Free Time for Friends

January 17, 2013 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Despite all the ways close friendships enhance our lives, many women who are working, raising a family, and/or caregiving for aging parents or other relatives may feel they simply don’t have time for friends. Pat Katepoo, a work-life advisor, offers some practical suggestions (in her guest post below) that might make it easier to find more free time for friends.

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