Author Archive: Irene

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

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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 | 6 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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Covid Mental Health Resources

August 26, 2020 | By | Reply Continue Reading
Covid Mental Health Resources

A handy list of COVID Mental Health Resources to keep for yourself or someone you know. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help.

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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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