In the Media – How to Mend a Friendship (Woman’s Day)

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Woman's Day

Woman’s Day

April 21, 2014

In the latest issue of Woman’s Day, writer Denise Schipani outlines 7 scenarios that potentially create tensions among friends. She interviewed Dr. Levine and other experts for tips on how to mend a friendship—seeking their advice on how these “faux pas” might must be resolved.

Schipani writes: Friendship woes don’t end in junior high. We all mess up sometimes and end up hurting a friend’s feelings. But now that we’re adults, we can forgive each other as long as we know the mess-up wasn’t intentional. If you’ve ever forgotten your pal’s birthday, or had an eye on her ex, here’s how to make things right and move on.

Faux Pas #1: You Forgot Her Birthday

The moment you realize the date got away from you, “offer an apology, but not an excuse,” says Irene Levine, PhD, professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, and author of Best Friends Forever. An “oops” birthday card or gift and an offer to buy her a drink or lunch are good moves. Remember, too, that how much your friend is hurt by your forgetfulness depends on her birthday-importance meter. If she’s super-sensitive (what Dr. Levine calls a “birthday princess”), you may have to work harder to get back in her good graces. 

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  1. Jarod says:

    Exactly, Irene. Men’s magazines ignore issues like how to make friends as if it comes naturally to men, but for many of us, it doesn’t.

  2. Jarod says:

    Why are most of the articles written about friendship geared toward women only? Men would not care if someone forgot their birthday.

    • Claire says:

      I totally agree Jarod, I wouldn’t waste my energy being upset with a friend if he/she forgot my birthday.

    • Irene says:

      Perhaps because they are written by women in women’s magazines:-)
      Many of the men’s glossy magazines focus on sex rather than friendship.

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