Tag: best friends

Best Friends: She loves me, she loves me not

Published: September 30, 2011 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hello Irene, I am having a really hard time with my best friend. This whole relationship started out quite differently. She was attracted to me and fell in love with me at the very beginning. I reciprocated these feelings for a while but ultimately realized we weren’t a match, and decided we needed to […]

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Different strokes: Can this friendship survive?

Published: July 9, 2010 | Last Updated: July 10, 2010 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi, I’ve had the same best friend for more than 20 years. We were so close that we even have matching tattoos. We don’t live near each other, but have maintained contact and been through school, marriage, kids, etc together. She’s been a huge part of my life.   Things started getting tough a […]

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On losing a best friend – Friendship Day, August 2, 2009

Published: August 2, 2009 | Last Updated: August 13, 2009 By | 11 Replies Continue Reading

The connection between two friends is often indescribable. It just feels right whenever you are together. When I met Rita, I was an eleven-year-old awkward adolescent.  She was a poised, charming and strikingly attractive kindergarten teacher who chose me as the fifth-grade “monitor” to make sure that all the kids in her class stood in […]

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A “good enough” friend

Published: February 6, 2009 | Last Updated: February 6, 2009 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, I recently got into a fight with a girl named Linda, whom I considered my best friend. She said I was never a "good enough" friend for her, and I told her that I thought I couldn’t be her friend because she was spreading gossip about me. We both agreed that […]

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Co-rumination: Is it healthy for adolescents to rehash their boy problems?

Published: February 2, 2009 | Last Updated: February 2, 2009 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Are you a mom who worries because your teenage daughter seems to be incessantly texting or emailing her best friends about her romantic problems? Your worries may be founded. When adolescent girlfriends rehash the same problems together over and over, they increase their risk of depression and social anxiety. In a study focused on seventh […]

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Sophisticated Lady

Published: January 18, 2009 | Last Updated: January 18, 2009 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, First, thank you for a wonderful website. Second, I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps I have a higher need for interaction than most people. I’m turning 40 and when my husband mentioned throwing me a birthday party I realized I have no dear […]

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Reader Q & A: Help! My best friend is driving me crazy!

Published: May 20, 2008 | Last Updated: March 8, 2011 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

Might it be time to call it quits? QUESTION: My best friend is finally dumping her jerk husband of more than a decade and I’m glad about that but it’s all wearing me to a nub. Her frenzied dating is making me nuts. She talks about her boyfriends constantly, and about how many men are […]

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Friendship Factoids on Facebook

Published: September 3, 2007 | Last Updated: September 3, 2007 By | Reply Continue Reading

Yesterday’s question on the Facebook daily poll asked respondents, How many best friends do you have? The most frequent response given by 1000 Facebook members of both sexes was 2-3 friends. Women were about half as likely as men to have no friends; More likely than men to have just one friend; and Almost half […]

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On the Lighter Side: Friendship Can Make You Fat

Published: July 27, 2007 | Last Updated: August 7, 2007 By | Reply Continue Reading

Who hasn’t enjoyed the guilty pleasure of sharing an outrageously rich and caloric dessert with a best friend and indulging with abandon? If you have, you better not make a habit of it. A new report published on July 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine seems to suggest that obesity can spread […]

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Friendship: Black, white and shades of gray

Published: June 20, 2007 | Last Updated: June 23, 2007 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

When it comes to social networking sites, like Facebook or MySpace, things are largely black or white, says blogger Nancy Baym. On her blog, Online fandom, Baym remarks: “One of the great shortcomings of social network sites as they currently exist is that almost all of them offer you only one kind of friend. It’s […]

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