Tag: Couples

How do I develop friendships as part of a couple?

Published: January 8, 2013 | Last Updated: January 9, 2013 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

I am 51 and still trying to find a best friend, as sad as that sounds. Don’t get me wrong I have work acquaintances with whom I have gone out with on occasion but no one I would call for a weekend movie or coffee or to whom I would tell my “darkest secrets.” I only wish.

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The downside of getting involved in a friend’s marital problems

Published: May 11, 2012 | Last Updated: June 30, 2013 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

It can be tricky for an outsider to get involved in a friend’s marital problems.

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Taking Stock of a Friendship in Black and White

Published: January 18, 2012 | Last Updated: January 18, 2012 By | 12 Replies Continue Reading

When it comes to friendship, sometimes you just have to cut your losses   QUESTION Dear Irene, My husband and I have been friends with a married couple for approximately three years, who have many children and a multitude of different issues in their life. I have always been there for both of them and […]

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Brushed aside by my “best friend” at a formal dinner party

Published: November 16, 2011 | Last Updated: November 16, 2011 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, Being that a new husband is a good friend — and should be a best friend — how do you handle being abandoned at a formal dinner party? Your partner is right next to you, but ignores you for a good 30 minutes talking to another woman whose husband most likely is […]

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Concerned about a friendship that’s been reduced to a Facebook relationship

Published: November 6, 2011 | Last Updated: August 23, 2022 By | 19 Replies Continue Reading
Concerned about a friendship that’s been reduced to a Facebook relationship

Having a Facebook relationship might be a way to remain friends and give someone space when they can’t handle anything more.

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Handling an insecure friend

Published: July 8, 2011 | Last Updated: July 8, 2011 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I have a friend whom I’ve known for about four years. She was there for me when my husband committed suicide two years ago. Since then, I’ve met a man whom I’ve fallen in love with and we are getting married. I introduced his brother to my friend and they’ve been going […]

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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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Infertility can derail friendships

Published: February 28, 2011 | Last Updated: March 8, 2021 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

Infertility can inadvertently derail some friendships, even good ones. Here are some helpful hints to help you avoid that.

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Losing sleep over a betrayal by a couple

Published: May 30, 2010 | Last Updated: September 26, 2010 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My husband and I were very close friends with another couple who betrayed and hurt us deeply. They made twisted and false accusations about our marriage, my upbringing, my mental state, etc. They shared this with our neighbors and friends but luckily, it did not affect how our neighbors treated us. If […]

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I love my BFF but I can’t take her husband!

Published: July 29, 2009 | Last Updated: July 29, 2009 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My BFF and I spend a lot of time together but her husband isn’t very social or friendly with me when I go to their place. She pressures me to arrange a night for the four of us to get together but I don’t really enjoy his company and my partner doesn’t […]

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