Author Archive: Irene

Author Irene S. Levine, PhD, is The Friendship Doctor, dispensing expert advice on The Friendship Blog.

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Mom Concerned Her Teen Is Having A Hard Time During The Pandemic

August 12, 2020 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
Mom Concerned Her Teen Is Having A Hard Time During The Pandemic

A teen is having a hard time handling social distancing and wearing masks during this pandemic. Her mom asks for help .

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Saying No To A Friend During The Pandemic

August 7, 2020 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
Saying No To A Friend During The Pandemic

It’s always hard to say NO to a friend but especially during a pandemic when your friends are feeling stressed and lonely. 

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My Friend Wants To Get Together Too Often 

August 2, 2020 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading
My Friend Wants To Get Together Too Often 

When one friend wants to get together more often than another, the situation can wind up making both of them uncomfortable. 

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Disney Characters Offer Timeless Friendship Lessons

July 30, 2020 | By | Reply Continue Reading
Disney Characters Offer Timeless Friendship Lessons

In celebration of International Friendship Day, Disney distills some of the “behind-the-scenes” secrets that inspire long-lasting friendships. 

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Friendship Day: 6 Ways To Stay Connected During the Pandemic

July 29, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Friendship Day: 6 Ways To Stay Connected During the Pandemic

Because of the vital importance of friendships to our physical and emotional health, here are some ways to stay connected during the pandemic.

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Visiting A Friend During The Pandemic: A Good Idea? It Depends.

July 2, 2020 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading
Visiting A Friend During The Pandemic: A Good Idea? It Depends.

What considerations should someone make before visiting a friend or attending a gathering of friends? The answer depends on a number of considerations.

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My Friend Won’t Wear A Face Mask: What Can I Do?

June 30, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
My Friend Won’t Wear A Face Mask: What Can I Do?

A reader is upset that her friend won’t wear a face mask when they walk outside and asks what she should do?

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Quarantine Fatigue: Single, No Work and No Travel

June 4, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Quarantine Fatigue: Single, No Work and No Travel

Like many of us feeling a sense of quarantine fatigue, a 60-year-old reader feels alone while maintaining social distance with no end in sight.

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Would Life Be Sweeter In A Coronavirus Bubble? It Depends.

May 27, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Would Life Be Sweeter In A Coronavirus Bubble? It Depends.

To help allay the isolation and anxieties associated with the pandemic, some people are creating or joining a coronavirus bubble.

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How To Make New Friends During The Coronavirus Pandemic

May 16, 2020 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading
How To Make New Friends During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Making new friends can be challenging during the best of times but the coronavirus pandemic has added another layer of complexity.

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