Author Archive: Irene

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

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Would Life Be Sweeter In A Coronavirus Bubble? It Depends.

May 27, 2020 | By | Reply Continue Reading
Would Life Be Sweeter In A Coronavirus Bubble? It Depends.

To help allay the isolation and anxieties associated with the pandemic, some people are creating or joining a coronavirus bubble.

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How To Make New Friends During The Coronavirus Pandemic

May 16, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
How To Make New Friends During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Making new friends can be challenging during the best of times but the coronavirus pandemic has added another layer of complexity.

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A Friend Who Takes Risks During the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 14, 2020 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
A Friend Who Takes Risks During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Two friends with different views about the risks of the coronavirus. Can they talk? Can they remain friends?

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Have A Friend With Coronavirus? What To Say and What Not To Say

May 10, 2020 | By | Reply Continue Reading
Have A Friend With Coronavirus? What To Say and What Not To Say

Health journalist Sheryl Kraft talks about what to say to a friend with coronavirus and what not to say. She recently recovered from the virus.

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The Friendship Blog Is Back! Welcome!

May 6, 2020 | By | 20 Replies Continue Reading
The Friendship Blog Is Back! Welcome!

Welcome to the relaunch of The Friendship Blog! As our society grapples with the coronavirus epidemic, now, more than ever, we realize how vital friends and social connections are to our well-being.

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Zoom Etiquette For Friends: How Can I Tactfully Turn Down Invitations?

May 6, 2020 | By | Reply Continue Reading
Zoom Etiquette For Friends: How Can I Tactfully Turn Down Invitations?

What if you really don’t want to Zoom? How do you turn down invitations without hurting someone else, or being seen as unfriendly or a party pooper? 

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How Do You Deal With A Friend Who Is Oblivious To Social Distancing?

May 3, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
How Do You Deal With A Friend Who Is Oblivious To Social Distancing?

The term “social distancing” muddies the waters. Instead, friends need to find ways to remain physically distant but stay socially connected.

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Caregiving: Making friends after loss

May 29, 2017 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

After a man cares for his mother for more than six years, she passes away. Lonely, he asks how to make friends after loss.

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When a friend jumps the gun

May 10, 2017 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

A friend jumps the gun by inviting a third person to her friend’s home and a woman wonders how she should respond.

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A friendship between military wives begins to unravel

May 5, 2017 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

While friendships between military wives can have a strong bond, they don’t always last forever.

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