The Examiner: Best Friend Breakups

Published: June 11, 2011 | Last Updated: June 11, 2011 By | Reply Continue Reading

June 10, 2011

By Miriam Longobardi


The term breakup usually refers to a romantic relationship that has ended, but equally painful and with similar emotional impact on our lives are when friendships fall apart. Friendships are generally built on the premise that you’ll be friends for life and we do not proceed with the caution that we do with a new partner. Particularly if you do not have a romantic partner and your friendship has been the main relationship in your life, the loss of that can require the same type of healing as a love relationship. Known as the "Friendship Doctor", Irene S. Levine, PH.D., a New York psychologist, journalist, and professor at NYU Medical School, cites some common reasons why friendships fall apart in her book Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with your Best Friend .

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