Tag: ambivalent

In the Media – Friend or frenemy? (Bustle)

Published: February 24, 2017 | Last Updated: February 24, 2017 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
In the Media – Friend or frenemy? (Bustle)

Is your so-called “friend” a friend or frenemy? Here are some tips for finding out…

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How to step back from an ambivalent friendship

Published: February 26, 2016 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

A woman asks how to tone down an ambivalent friendship with another couple.

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Struggling with an ambivalent friendship

Published: January 18, 2016 | By | 13 Replies Continue Reading

A woman asks whether to let go of an ambivalent friendship.

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An ambivalent friendship

Published: August 13, 2015 | By | 22 Replies Continue Reading

When two people begin to feel ambivalent about a friendship, it may have run its course.

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Is a less-than-perfect friend better than no friend at all?

Published: June 27, 2011 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 17 Replies Continue Reading

It’s so easy to become attached to the idea of "having a best friend" that we ignore the reality of a flawed friendship.   QUESTION Dear Irene, There’s a girl who I thought was my best friend forever whom I’ve grown to dislike. I feel guilty for wanting to dump her, but I don’t know […]

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A friend asks: Should I throw her Maid of Honor under a bus?

Published: October 4, 2010 | Last Updated: September 30, 2015 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

A maid of honor upsets one of the bride’s guests.

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A breakdown of trust: When long-time friends fight over a guy

Published: February 8, 2010 | Last Updated: February 8, 2010 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, For the past six to eight months I’ve had two friendships deteriorate. Jillian had been my friend for about 15 years. We never partied or saw much of each other due to distance and her ten-year relationship with a guy yet we always kept in touch. When her relationship was over, […]

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Escaping from a toxic triangle

Published: January 21, 2009 | Last Updated: January 22, 2009 By | 71 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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In the Media – Staten Island Advance – Friend or Frenemy: Redux

Published: September 17, 2008 | Last Updated: December 14, 2016 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

In an interesting article in yesterday’s Staten Island Advance, relationship columnist Elise McIntosh
looks at the distinctions between friends and frenemies.

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Sticks and Stones: Perversions of the language of friendship

Published: February 16, 2008 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

I found a new-to-me friendship term in the Urban Dictionary, frienvy. It describes the envious feelings someone has towards a friend who loses weight, gets a promotion, or finds a new love. OK, it’s kind of cute. The dictionary also defines friendwhoring, the verb: stealing someone else’s friends and making them your own. Getting a […]

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