In the Media – How you and your spouse can conquer conflicts over friends

Published: September 5, 2015 | Last Updated: May 31, 2020 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
East Idaho News

East Idaho News

Screenshot of fighting spouse

Screenshot of fighting spouse

Writing in the East Idaho News, journalist Herb Scribner recounts the challenges of not liking the friends with whom your spouse surrounds him/herself.

Scribner cites Elizabeth Bernstein’s excellent article in the Wall Street Journal on this same topic:

In a marriage, it can be hard to manage your romantic relationship and your friendships. In fact, sometimes your partner may not get along with your friends, which, if long-lasting, can bring stress, anxiety and concern to a marriage, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Bernstein.

He notes how these problems can occur from the onset, quoting The Friendship Doctor:

“It’s like sharing a part of a person’s world when you are introduced to his or her friends. You’re seeing their past and their present,” Irene S. Levine, a psychologist and professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, told The Wall Street Journal. “If you see a red flag, it can be a big turnoff.”

Click here to read the article in the East Idaho News in its entirety.

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  1. Debbie says:

    Good article. But doesn’t mention that a partner’s dislike Of their partner’s friends could be a sign of being controlling. Or that person is not right for you as they are the people they like and feel comfortable around,
    It would be great to see an article around what is normal and not normal in such a situation.

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