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

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

Published: May 10, 2022 | Last Updated: May 11, 2022 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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Handling Pushy Overbearing Friends

Published: May 7, 2022 | Last Updated: May 7, 2022 By | Reply Continue Reading
Handling Pushy Overbearing Friends

A reader asks how to deal with pushy overbearing friends that make her feel like she’s pushed into a corner. QUESTION Hi Dr. Irene,A few years ago, my husband and I met another couple in a community group. We’re not especially close to Jim and Libby but we have enjoyed going out for dinner with […]

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Not Just Friends Anymore: A Disappointed Co-Worker

Published: March 31, 2022 | Last Updated: March 31, 2022 By | Reply Continue Reading
Not Just Friends Anymore: A Disappointed Co-Worker

They’re not just friends anymore. A guy is disappointed by his co-worker and can’t imagine why she’s keeping him at a distance. 

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Struggling With An Ambivalent Friendship

Published: March 18, 2022 | Last Updated: March 18, 2022 By | 13 Replies Continue Reading
Struggling With An Ambivalent Friendship

A woman is upset about an ambivalent friendship. Here are some tips to recognize and react to an ambivalent friendship.

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Regaining Trust In A Friendship: Is It Possible?

Published: March 7, 2022 | Last Updated: March 7, 2022 By | Reply Continue Reading
Regaining Trust In A Friendship: Is It Possible?

Regaining trust in a friendship is possible if the relationship has a strong foundation and people discuss the alleged breach.

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How To Deal With A Flaky Friend

Published: March 6, 2022 | Last Updated: March 7, 2022 By | Reply Continue Reading
How To Deal With A Flaky Friend

Do you have an unreliable, flaky friend? It’s a pretty common complaint I hear about from readers and even among my own friends. And it’s something that often frays friendships and even ends them entirely. What is a flaky friend? A flaky friend is someone who tends to be unreliable and unpredictable. In short, you […]

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Dumped Without Explanation: Is There Anything To Do?

Published: March 1, 2022 | By | 24 Replies Continue Reading
Dumped Without Explanation: Is There Anything To Do?

A woman feels dumped without explanation by a close friend and wonders how to move on.

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Resurrecting A Friendship With A Son’s Girlfriend

Published: February 15, 2022 | Last Updated: February 15, 2022 By | Reply Continue Reading
Resurrecting A Friendship With A Son’s Girlfriend

An adult son’s girlfriend is angry at his mother, who once was her friend, after a conflict between them. The mom asks for advice.

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Best Galentine’s Day Gifts for Friends (and anyone else you love)

Published: February 5, 2022 | Last Updated: February 10, 2022 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
Best Galentine’s Day Gifts for Friends (and anyone else you love)

Looking for novel ideas for the Best Galentine’s Day Gifts for friends? Even a small gift can lift our spirits and bring smiles to our faces.

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Left Out Of The Group: A Mom Worries About Her 10-Year-Old Daughter

Published: February 1, 2022 | Last Updated: February 1, 2022 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
Left Out Of The Group: A Mom Worries About Her 10-Year-Old Daughter

Her daughter is always left out of the group get-togethers and this mom wonders how she can make things better.

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