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6 Strategies For Handling A Needy Friend

Published: September 10, 2021 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
6 Strategies For Handling A Needy Friend

There’s a big difference between a needy friend and a friend-in-need. When a friendship is consistently one-sided, it can weigh you down.

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Guilted by a depressed best friend

Published: November 30, 2016 | Last Updated: February 10, 2017 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

A woman feels “guilted” by a demanding BFF and doesn’t know what to say or do.

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Her friend won’t leave her alone

Published: November 14, 2014 | By | 19 Replies Continue Reading

A woman feels tormented by an overbearing friend who won’t leave her alone.

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How can I handle a friend who is clingy and self-absorbed?

Published: June 7, 2012 | Last Updated: March 7, 2013 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

Clingy friends can be draining. For a relationship to work, friends need to meet each other halfway.  QUESTION Hi, Irene. I suffer from mental health difficulties and I had to quit my job and move back to my parents’ house. My GP referred me to a group for women with similar problems and there I met and became […]

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A grown woman feels guilty she can’t be her mom’s best friend

Published: July 11, 2011 | Last Updated: July 11, 2011 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

Sometimes we have to come to terms with an imperfect mother and set boundaries to maintain a reasonable relationship.   QUESTION Hi Irene, My mom and I have had a very complicated relationship. Even before my parents had an awful divorce 14 years ago (and they still can’t attend any events together), we butted heads. […]

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My best friend is too demanding

Published: September 22, 2010 | Last Updated: October 10, 2010 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My best friend has become overly dependent on me. She’s been living in another state for the last few years but we see each other, on average, once every three months and talk multiple times a day, via phone, text and AIM.   I live with my fiancé (newly engaged) and even […]

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Wisdom from Whitney: Rx for being a less needy friend

Published: December 18, 2008 | Last Updated: December 18, 2008 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

I recently received this post from a reader named Whitney that I thought was worth sharing. Whitney was fortunate to have a good friend—who gave her honest feedback about her neediness— without making Whitney feel totally hurt or bent out of shape. Whitney also seems to have a fair degree of insight into her own […]

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Reader Q & A: Help! New friend is too much

Published: December 1, 2008 | Last Updated: December 22, 2008 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene:   A few months ago I met a woman and her daughter at a children’s event. We hit it off and even though her daughter is considerably younger than mine, we got together for a few playdates. The problem? She calls me everyday to complain about how hard it is to figure […]

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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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