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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 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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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 | 22 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: October 24, 2022 By | 4 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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