Author Archive: Irene

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

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Friend With Borderline Personality Disorder Not Keeping Up The Friendship

Published: September 6, 2021 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Friend With Borderline Personality Disorder Not Keeping Up The Friendship

A woman’s close friend with borderline personality disorder doesn’t seem to be keeping up her side of the friendship.

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My Friend Has Borderline Personality Disorder

Published: September 5, 2021 | Last Updated: September 5, 2021 By | 22 Replies Continue Reading

It can be very stressful to maintain a friendship with someone with a borderline personality disorder. Understanding the disorder can help.

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Colleague, Mentor or Friend? How To Avoid Feeling Used

Published: September 2, 2021 | Last Updated: September 2, 2021 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Colleague, Mentor or Friend? How To Avoid Feeling Used

Whether you are a mentor or friend, you may need to set boundaries or you’ll wind up feeling used and depleted of energy.

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Abandoned By Friends After Death Of A Partner 

Published: August 26, 2021 | Last Updated: August 26, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
Abandoned By Friends After Death Of A Partner 

After the death of a partner, a man says his friends have scattered to the wind. He wonders how to respond.

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My Friend Won’t Get Vaccinated: Can I Save The Friendship?

Published: August 22, 2021 | Last Updated: August 25, 2021 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading
My Friend Won’t Get Vaccinated: Can I Save The Friendship?

Whether it’s a friend or a relative, most of us know someone who won’t get vaccinated. Polarizing opinions can fracture a friendship.

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Why Listening Matters: Friends Who Listen May Protect Our Cognitive Abilities

Published: August 18, 2021 | Last Updated: August 18, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
Why Listening Matters: Friends Who Listen May Protect Our Cognitive Abilities

New research suggests that having someone listening to you is more than a feel-good experience; it may also be protective of brain health.

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What Do You Make of a Friend Who Is Only There To Listen?

Published: August 17, 2021 | By | 24 Replies Continue Reading
What Do You Make of a Friend Who Is Only There To Listen?

A young man finds a supportive female friend at work, who is there to listen to problems but otherwise standoffish.

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Friendship, Parenting and COVID

Published: August 13, 2021 | Last Updated: August 13, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
Friendship, Parenting and COVID

The volatile mix of parenting and COVID can creates challenges to moms with different values and sensibilities.

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My Friend Is Acting Distant And Is Giving Me The Cold Shoulder

Published: August 10, 2021 | By | 32 Replies Continue Reading
My Friend Is Acting Distant And Is Giving Me The Cold Shoulder

If a friend is acting distant, giving you the cold shoulder and you care about the friendship, it makes sense to find out what’s going on.

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When A Friend Asks A Favor, Are We Obliged To Say Yes?

Published: July 30, 2021 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
When A Friend Asks A Favor, Are We Obliged To Say Yes?

When a friend asks a favor, a true friend will be open to your response rather than assume that you’ll say yes. They will also be ready to accept no for an answer.

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