Author Archive: Irene

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

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Friendship Trends: 9 Ways The Pandemic Has Changed Our Friendships

March 22, 2021 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
Friendship Trends: 9 Ways The Pandemic Has Changed Our Friendships

The pandemic has changed our friendships. Here are 9 pandemic friendship trends culled from members of “The Friendship Blog Connection.”

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How Do I Deal WIth A Pushy Person?

March 10, 2021 | By | 9 Replies Continue Reading
How Do I Deal WIth A Pushy Person?

How do you deal with a pushy person? Two women met in a workshop but one wants more of a friendship than does the other.

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When Exchanging Gifts Feels Awkward

December 27, 2020 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
When Exchanging Gifts Feels Awkward

During the pandemic, even exchanging gifts with friends can feel strange when everything else seems to be topsy-turvy. 

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Pandemic-Related Losses: How To Show A Friend You Care 

November 8, 2020 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
Pandemic-Related Losses: How To Show A Friend You Care 

A reader wonders how to respond to friends experiencing pandemic-related losses. QUESTION I have several friends right now who are going through VERY trying situations. In a few instances, I’ve sent people emails expressing my commiseration but I’m wondering what, if anything, to do next when I don’t hear back from them. Do you think […]

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My Friend Has Mental Health Problems: How Can I Help Her?

October 12, 2020 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
My Friend Has Mental Health Problems: How Can I Help Her?

When a friend has mental health problems it can be hard to know how to help, especially during the pandemic.

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Friendship Divided By Politics

October 9, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Friendship Divided By Politics

Divided by politics, a long-term friendship seems to be on the verge of falling apart. A woman asks whether she should cut it off for a while.

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Losing Support From a Circle of Friends

September 29, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Losing Support From a Circle of Friends

A young woman feels excluded from a circle of friends, a second loss after a molar pregnancy, and seeks advice.

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Am I Obliged To Give Free Services To Family And Friends?

September 20, 2020 | By | Reply Continue Reading
Am I Obliged To Give Free Services To Family And Friends?

A semi-retired couple is often asked to devote their time and skills to providing free services to people they know who don’t want to pay professionals. They have a hard time saying NO.

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Retired and Feeling Disconnected

September 18, 2020 | By | 8 Replies Continue Reading
Retired and Feeling Disconnected

Many people are feeling disconnected during the pandemic. This retired therapist has lost her friends and seeks advice.

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Feeling Left Out Of A Pandemic Bubble? 

September 15, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Feeling Left Out Of A Pandemic Bubble? 

A pandemic bubble (or pod) offers people a new way to connect together in person, both for social reasons and practical ones.

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