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

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Feeling Left Out By Friends On Holidays

Published: April 11, 2024 | Last Updated: April 11, 2024 By | Reply Continue Reading
Feeling Left Out By Friends On Holidays

A woman feels left out by friends on holidays. It’s natural to feel the sting when this happens.

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Making Mistakes in Friendships: How To Recover

Published: April 2, 2024 | Last Updated: April 2, 2024 By | Reply Continue Reading
Making Mistakes in Friendships: How To Recover

Making mistakes in friendships is common. If handled well, a mistake can actually strengthen a friendship.

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How To Say No To A Friend Asking A Favor

Published: March 18, 2024 | Last Updated: March 18, 2024 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading
How To Say No To A Friend Asking A Favor

A woman feels indebted to a friend asking for a favor: Her friend has asked her to watch four of her pets for a week or two,

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How Do You Handle A Friend Becoming Distant?

Published: March 17, 2024 | Last Updated: March 17, 2024 By | Reply Continue Reading
How Do You Handle A Friend Becoming Distant?

A co-worker feels her once-close friend becoming distant and isn’t sure about how to handle it or what to say. 

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A Single Mom Has Trouble Making Friends

Published: March 14, 2024 | By | 15 Replies Continue Reading
A Single Mom Has Trouble Making Friends

It can be challenging for a single mom to cultivate friendships but with a little bit of effort, it isn’t impossible.

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How To Say No To A Friend: It’s Never Easy

Published: March 10, 2024 | By | Reply Continue Reading
How To Say No To A Friend: It’s Never Easy

Saying NO can unravel a friendship but sometimes there’s no way around it. Here are some basic tips on how to say NO to a friend.

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Are My Friendships Expectations Too High?

Published: March 1, 2024 | By | 47 Replies Continue Reading
Are My Friendships Expectations Too High?

Sometimes friendship expectations need to be tempered because different people have different styles and approaches to friendship.

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A Social Butterfly Friend Who Keeps Secrets

Published: February 10, 2024 | By | Reply Continue Reading
A Social Butterfly Friend Who Keeps Secrets

A friendship with a “social butterfly” friend who withholds names (or other information) can feel perplexing and distant.

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Not Invited To The Wedding of a Good Friend’s Son

Published: February 4, 2024 | Last Updated: February 4, 2024 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading
Not Invited To The Wedding of a Good Friend’s Son

A woman feels hurt when she isn’t invited to the wedding of her childhood friend’s son. Her friend explained that it was because of the cost.

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When Good Friends Forget Your Birthday

Published: February 2, 2024 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
When Good Friends Forget Your Birthday

A reader asks what to do when your friends forget your birthday; she feels hurt and resentful and wonders if she should say or do something.

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