Tag: acquaintances

What’s the Difference Between Friends and Acquaintances?

Published: February 9, 2023 | Last Updated: February 9, 2023 By | Reply Continue Reading
What’s the Difference Between Friends and Acquaintances?

A reader asks about the difference between friends and acquaintances? What is the distinction?

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My family is without real friends

Published: February 27, 2016 | By | 31 Replies Continue Reading

Even with many acquaintances, a woman worries about her family being without real friends.

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Middle-Aged Woman Who Has Never Had Friends

Published: May 30, 2015 | Last Updated: January 6, 2022 By | 35 Replies Continue Reading

A woman realizes she has never had friends and is at a loss to understand why this has happened to her. What can she do?

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COUPLE WANTED for close friendship, especially on holidays

Published: March 2, 2011 | Last Updated: April 6, 2016 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

A reader discusses the difficulties of finding a couple for a close friendship.

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The Sometimes Friend

Published: January 29, 2009 | Last Updated: January 29, 2009 By | 15 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m in my late 30’s and for as long as I can remember (since early childhood), I have always been the "sometimes friend". Usually there are two friends who are inseparable. They are on each other’s speed dial, they shop together, lunch together, and their families spend time together. And only sometimes…will […]

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Escaping from a toxic triangle

Published: January 21, 2009 | Last Updated: January 22, 2009 By | 73 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m a 40-year-old woman who feels like she’s back in junior high. I have three kids who are very involved in sports and activities. Over the last four years, my husband and I developed a group of friends with kids the same ages. My closest friend in the group was a woman […]

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Online friending and defriending patterns

Published: September 12, 2007 | Last Updated: March 26, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

Social networks not only make it easier to collect “friends,” they make “defriending” a breeze because it just takes one simple stroke of the keyboard.

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