How to lose friends

Published: November 27, 2010 | Last Updated: November 27, 2010 By | Reply Continue Reading

Do you go for the slow fade or the short, sharp shock? Ending a friendship is a complex business, reflects Hannah Pool (one mate down and counting)

by Hannah Poole

November 27, 2010


"Sometimes it’s possible to downgrade the relationship by seeing the person less or to dilute it by seeing the person with a group," says Irene Levine, professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving A Breakup With Your Best Friend. "Sometimes, you just need a break from the other person. I call it a ‘friendship sabbatical’." A friendship sabbatical? It sounds so civilised. Presumably you either return to the friendship fully recharged or decide to retrain as a yoga teacher. Mine was more like a friendship divorce. 

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