Author Archive: Irene

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

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You Can Brighten A Blue Christmas

Published: December 8, 2021 | By | Reply Continue Reading
You Can Brighten A Blue Christmas

Journalist Cindy La Ferle offers some tips on how to brighten a Blue Christmas that doesn’t quite live up to hopes and expectations.

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Friendship and Morals: Before, During and After The Age of Trump

Published: December 3, 2021 | Last Updated: December 3, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
Friendship and Morals: Before, During and After The Age of Trump

The relationship between friendship and morals is examined in a new study published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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10 Reasons Your Friend Didn’t Send A Holiday Card

Published: December 1, 2021 | Last Updated: December 1, 2021 By | 17 Replies Continue Reading
10 Reasons Your Friend Didn’t Send A Holiday Card

Wondering whether or not to send a holiday card to friends? Should you only send them to the ones who send them to you?

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Friend Poaching: How Do I Handle Feeling Left Out?

Published: November 5, 2021 | Last Updated: November 5, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
Friend Poaching: How Do I Handle Feeling Left Out?

Friend poaching occurs when someone introduces two friends and they form a relationship that excludes you. Ouch!

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My Intolerant Friend Who Hates Children

Published: October 31, 2021 | Last Updated: October 31, 2021 By | 53 Replies Continue Reading
My Intolerant Friend Who Hates Children

When you have a friend who hates children and is intolerant of your life decisions, it can be tough to sustain a friendship.

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My Friend Has Lost Interest In Our Friendship

Published: October 30, 2021 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
My Friend Has Lost Interest In Our Friendship

When a friend has lost interest in a friendship, there is not much to do but move on. Friendships are dynamic and change over time.

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My Best Friend Will Not Be Coming To My Wedding

Published: October 21, 2021 | Last Updated: October 21, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
My Best Friend Will Not Be Coming To My Wedding

A woman is upset that her friend will not be coming to her wedding after a fallout two years ago and isn’t sure how she should respond.

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Guest Post: What Do You Say To A Best Friend Who Has Cancer?

Published: October 11, 2021 | Last Updated: October 11, 2021 By | 11 Replies Continue Reading
Guest Post: What Do You Say To A Best Friend Who Has Cancer?

My only clue was that my best friend had started detailing eating healthier foods in our almost daily email correspondence. She called on a Wednesday evening to tell me she had breast cancer and was having a mastectomy on Friday.

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When Good Friends Forget Your Birthday

Published: October 11, 2021 | Last Updated: October 11, 2021 By | 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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A Woman Asks How To End A Very Long Friendship

Published: October 9, 2021 | By | 24 Replies Continue Reading
A Woman Asks How To End A Very Long Friendship

There’s no easy way to end a long friendship. Although you’ve decided to set boundaries, it is unlikely that she will be able to change.

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