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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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How can I peacefully end a relationship with a needy friend?

Published: September 29, 2012 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 30 Replies Continue Reading

It’s never easy to end a relationship with a needy friend. You can only try your best.

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Friendship: The Significance of Timing

Published: February 6, 2012 | Last Updated: February 6, 2012 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

Two close male friends with a long history drift apart   QUESTION Dear Irene, My friend and I became friends when his family moved into my neighborhood when we were both kids. My friend was an outcast and very different from other kids at an early age. Parents questioned his sexuality early on and not […]

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A friendship that is too close for comfort?

Published: June 2, 2011 | Last Updated: June 2, 2011 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Dr. Levine, I am about to graduate from high school. I’ve been friends with this guy for about three years. When we first met, something hit me that I really wanted to be good friends. We quickly became very close friends—saw each other nearly every day at school and outside of school, hung […]

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My best friend exhausts me!

Published: February 15, 2011 | Last Updated: February 15, 2017 By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

How do you deal with a friend who drains and exhausts you?

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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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Help! My friend is too clingy!

Published: September 17, 2010 | Last Updated: June 26, 2013 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

A reader asks: How do I handle a long-time friend who is too clingy?

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What next? She’s fallen in love with her best friend’s twins

Published: January 7, 2010 | Last Updated: January 7, 2010 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, A year ago, my best friend of 14 years gave birth to her twin boys. Their biological father has never been in their lives and my friend took him to court. She was awarded full legal and physical custody of the twins, which we were VERY happy about. Of course she asked […]

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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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