Author Archive: Irene

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

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The Trauma Queen Always Has A Calamity To Share

July 21, 2021 | By | Reply Continue Reading
The Trauma Queen Always Has A Calamity To Share

A group of women doesn’t know how to handle a “trauma queen” amongst them who consistently dominates conversations with her problems.

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A Reader Asks: Is This Lifelong Friendship Toxic?

July 19, 2021 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
A Reader Asks: Is This Lifelong Friendship Toxic?

A discordant lifelong friendship extending over decades between two “third-age” friends falls apart and one woman wants out.

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Getting Over A Friendship With A Next-Door Neighbor

July 15, 2021 | By | 26 Replies Continue Reading
Getting Over A Friendship With A Next-Door Neighbor

A woman asks what to do after a friendship with a next-door neighbor goes sour and she has to come face-to-face with her all the time.

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My Friend Is Avoiding Me: What Can I Do?

July 13, 2021 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
My Friend Is Avoiding Me: What Can I Do?

When a close friend is avoiding you, it’s hard not to take it personally but that may not be the case. Try to find out what might be causing her to withdraw.

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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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