Tag: closure

When a close friend backs away

Published: September 20, 2016 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

What do you do when a close friend backs away from a friendship?

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In the Media – Cliches people hear after breakups (Real Simple)

Published: February 13, 2015 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
In the Media – Cliches people hear after breakups (Real Simple)

In Real Simple Magazine, journalist Valerie Frankel looks at the research behind four popular cliches people often hear after breakups.

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My Friend At Work Dumped Me: Should I Keep Hanging On To Hope?

Published: November 1, 2012 | Last Updated: October 28, 2021 By | 11 Replies Continue Reading
My Friend At Work Dumped Me: Should I Keep Hanging On To Hope?

Breakups of workplace friendships can be particularly challenging to get over because you’re likely to come face-to-face on a regular basis.

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Is this friendship breakup worth talking about?

Published: August 6, 2012 | Last Updated: October 28, 2012 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

About two weeks ago, one of my closest friends and I had a massive argument. I don’t know whether to even bother trying to sort out the problem or just move on already, and forget about it and forget about her.

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Devastated over being dumped? Control what you can

Published: March 17, 2010 | Last Updated: March 17, 2010 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, A college friend named Leah recently dumped me. I graduated but she’s still in her final year. We live three-hours apart but we’ve met up about a dozen times since graduation in May. The last few times, she was very distant and seemed to actively avoid talking or being with me (we […]

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Exurb Magazine: 5 Questions with The Friendship Doctor

Published: December 2, 2009 | Last Updated: July 15, 2020 By | Reply Continue Reading

The Friendship Doctor was recently interviewed by Victoria Clayton-Alexander, editor of Exurb Magazine.

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Owning up to a mistake in judgment

Published: August 29, 2009 | Last Updated: March 29, 2011 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene: About 8 months ago, I had my heart broken by my best friend of three years. Liz and a guy I had been dating for a short time slept together after they had been drinking excessively. Liz and the guy, Dave, had been friends since high school and she was the one […]

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Reader Q & A: The sadness of letting go

Published: December 3, 2008 | Last Updated: December 3, 2008 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene,   I’m so glad that I happened upon this website. I’ve been struggling with my relationship with my long-time, former-best-friend Linda. It’s been a gradual deterioration over the last couple of years and a long grieving process. I’m trying to figure out if this friendship is worth salvaging or if I just […]

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Reader Q & A: Missing a second mum

Published: October 8, 2008 | Last Updated: October 8, 2008 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi Irene, I have a much older friend than myself. She is old enough to be my Mum and I do think of her as a second Mum. We’ve been through a lot together, and she has fulfilled the gap of being my Mum. I have a family and husband myself but have not […]

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Reader Q&A: Achieving closure after being dumped by a friend at work

Published: August 29, 2008 | Last Updated: November 3, 2012 By | 130 Replies Continue Reading

About three months ago, Anna had met a new friend, “Lisa,” and I felt replaced. Little by little, I felt pushed aside and believe that Lisa had put a rift in the friendship between Anna and me. All of the sudden, Anna and I spent less and less time together as she made more time for Lisa.

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