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Two friends live far away and run out of things to say

Published: October 17, 2015 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

Living far away can pose challenges to a friendship.

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What does email response time say about a friendship?

Published: May 3, 2012 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

Do you procrastinate more than usual before you respond to emails from one particular friend? Is someone consistently very slow to respond to you? A new study suggests that email response time may be one measure of a friendship.   Read my latest article on Life Goes Strong.     

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Interested in Making February Your “Month of Letters?”

Published: January 26, 2012 | Last Updated: January 26, 2012 By | Reply Continue Reading

I came across an interesting idea on a publishing website called Galley Cat. Author Mary Robinette Kowal is launching The Month of Letters Challenge in February, inviting writers around the world to try to post a letter a day.   Specifically, she’s asking participants to mail one item each day during the month. It could […]

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Your platonic friend…she’s just not that into you~

Published: December 13, 2010 | Last Updated: December 13, 2010 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I have read and been told by female friends that when a man is friends with a woman and all of a sudden wants to take it to a romantic level, the woman will "freak out" and get turned off. She’ll feel betrayed, thinking that the man’s intentions all along were to […]

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Too close for comfort

Published: June 23, 2009 | Last Updated: June 24, 2009 By | Reply Continue Reading

LONGER THAN USUAL QUESTION🙂 Hi Irene! I’m so glad I stumbled onto your website! I am going through a situation and desperately need advice! I have a very close cousin, Coralee, who I’ve basically grown up with like a sister and we’ve been friends most of my life. I am 28, and she is 37. […]

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

Published: February 2, 2009 | Last Updated: August 22, 2022 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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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: I’m stuck! I don’t want to lose my BFF

Published: July 23, 2008 | Last Updated: July 23, 2008 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene: I met my friend “Amanda” in high school. I was a junior and she was a freshman, so we’ve been best friends (BFFs) for 9 years. Our friendship over the years has survived a lot. The trouble I am having is deciding whether I should hold on to the friendship or not? […]

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Friendship and personal notes: An interview with Sandra E. Lamb

Published: May 4, 2008 | Last Updated: May 4, 2008 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

When I picked up the mail last week, I was pleasantly surprised to find a brief note from my friend Linda hand-written on beautiful stationary. Although Linda and I now live several states apart, we stay in touch by cell phone and email—usually several times a day. But there was something special about her note. […]

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The evolution of friendship in a digital age

Published: October 27, 2007 | Last Updated: May 15, 2022 By | Reply Continue Reading

Some people worry that digital technology is eroding the face of friendship as we now know it—that time spent in virtual relationships detracts from real ones. A new report provides evidence to the contrary. Among Americans: 48 percent of those interviewed said that social networking sites help them build new relationships 44 percent said that […]

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