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

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Remaining On Friendly Terms When Neighbors Ask To Borrow Your Stuff

Published: January 16, 2022 | Last Updated: January 19, 2022 By | 53 Replies Continue Reading
Remaining On Friendly Terms When Neighbors Ask To Borrow Your Stuff

A single woman feels used when her neighbors ask to borrow her expensive snowblower each winter and doesn’t know what to say.

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Most Popular Posts On The Friendship Blog – 2021

Published: January 7, 2022 | By | Reply Continue Reading
Most Popular Posts On The Friendship Blog – 2021

In 2021, a very unusual year (hopefully), these were the top posts on The Friendship Blog (in order) that seemed to resonate most with readers. 

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Dealing With An Unforgiving Friend

Published: January 6, 2022 | Last Updated: January 6, 2022 By | 21 Replies Continue Reading
Dealing With An Unforgiving Friend

She’s apologized to an unforgiving friend—and hasn’t been forgiven. What should she do next? Here are some suggestions.

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How To End A Friendship With A Neighbor

Published: January 3, 2022 | Last Updated: January 3, 2022 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
How To End A Friendship With A Neighbor

​​A woman doesn’t know how to end a friendship with a neighbor she can’t stand and worries about the anger likely to ensue.  

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Family and Friends: Holiday Traditions Change Over Time

Published: December 11, 2021 | By | Reply Continue Reading
Family and Friends: Holiday Traditions Change Over Time

A writer wants to “take back” the holidays and celebrate them with family and friends in her own home. She asks if it is wrong to feel that way?

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You Can Brighten A Blue Christmas

Published: December 8, 2021 | Last Updated: 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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