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

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A Social Butterfly Friend Who Keeps Secrets

Published: February 10, 2024 | By | Reply Continue Reading
A Social Butterfly Friend Who Keeps Secrets

A friendship with a “social butterfly” friend who withholds names (or other information) can feel perplexing and distant.

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Not Invited To The Wedding of a Good Friend’s Son

Published: February 4, 2024 | Last Updated: February 4, 2024 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading
Not Invited To The Wedding of a Good Friend’s Son

A woman feels hurt when she isn’t invited to the wedding of her childhood friend’s son. Her friend explained that it was because of the cost.

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When Good Friends Forget Your Birthday

Published: February 2, 2024 | By | 1 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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Best Galentine’s Day Gifts for Friends – 2024

Published: January 28, 2024 | Last Updated: May 25, 2024 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
Best Galentine’s Day Gifts for Friends – 2024

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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Ending A One Sided Friendship: It Is Never Easy

Published: January 20, 2024 | Last Updated: January 20, 2024 By | 9 Replies Continue Reading
Ending A One Sided Friendship: It Is Never Easy

This reader describes a one sided friendship that is difficult to end. She asks how to end it with kindness. 

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How Do I Deal WIth A Pushy Person?

Published: January 18, 2024 | By | 9 Replies Continue Reading
How Do I Deal WIth A Pushy Person?

How do you deal with a pushy person? Two women met in a workshop but one wants more of a friendship than does the other.

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How To End A Long Distance Friendship

Published: January 14, 2024 | Last Updated: April 20, 2024 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
How To End A Long Distance Friendship

A reader asks how to end a long-distance friendship and achieve closure. It’s never easy to end any friendship but distance can often make the break an  easier one.

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Navigating Workplace Friendship Shifts

Published: January 3, 2024 | Last Updated: January 3, 2024 By | Reply Continue Reading
Navigating Workplace Friendship Shifts

Explore strategies for navigating workplace friendships when alliances shift and disappoint. Learn how to maintain focus on work while addressing challenges in evolving professional relationships. The Friendship Doctor provides valuable insights and advice for handling workplace dynamics with grace and professionalism.

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When Friends Distance Themselves From You

Published: January 2, 2024 | Last Updated: January 2, 2024 By | Reply Continue Reading
When Friends Distance Themselves From You

When a long-time friend distances themself from you, you have to feel hurt. Apart from a decade of shared memories, this friend was part of your daily routine with morning meetups and phone calls.

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No Friends in High School: Feeling Anxious

Published: March 4, 2023 | Last Updated: March 4, 2023 By | Reply Continue Reading
No Friends in High School: Feeling Anxious

When a student is worrying about having no friends in high school, going to school each day can feel like a struggle.

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