Tag: ending a friendship

Should I Return My Friend’s House Keys?

Published: February 18, 2015 | Last Updated: October 28, 2021 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading
Should I Return My Friend’s House Keys?

Exchanging house keys implies a relationship of trust. W/hen a friendship ends, it may be time to return the keys.

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Seeking forgiveness after ending a friendship

Published: November 13, 2013 | Last Updated: November 13, 2013 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

We can’t always count on others for forgiveness; sometimes we need to forgive ourselves.

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How can I break up with a needy friend?

Published: October 18, 2013 | Last Updated: October 18, 2013 By | 39 Replies Continue Reading

It’s difficult to break up with a needy friend. It’s even more challenging if the friend was kind to you when you were down.

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Should I move on after this breakup?

Published: July 1, 2013 | Last Updated: July 1, 2013 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

Once you decide it’s over, it’s best to move on—both literally and figuratively.

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Feeling guilty about cutting off a friendship

Published: June 24, 2013 | Last Updated: June 24, 2013 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

It’s normal to feel guilty about cutting off a friendship even if it is the right thing to do. If you have carefully considered the decision, don’t look back.

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The last straw in a friendship that is waning

Published: March 4, 2013 | Last Updated: March 4, 2013 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

I think I have a friendship that is waning. I met her at a support group about a year ago for people who want to improve their communication, etc. Oddly, we are not communicating. She had extended herself to me, initially.

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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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The awkwardness of friendship after dating

Published: May 21, 2012 | Last Updated: May 21, 2012 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hello Dr. Irene, I really cared a lot about someone whom I dated. After the end of our dating relationship three years ago, I was devastated. However, I was very willing to be his friend. For the last two years, I was doing all of the hard work and effort to maintain this friendship.  […]

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Friendship: The Whole Truth, Nothing but the Truth—Not Always

Published: January 28, 2012 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

Sometimes it may be kinder and easier to drift apart   QUESTION Hi Irene, I’ve been reading your blog after googling to find out if anyone else had experienced similar issues to me. After recently spending some time away with a close friend, I realize I don’t like many aspects of her personality.   She […]

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Slippery slope: How do I downgrade a relationship with a best friend?

Published: May 18, 2011 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

A woman asks how she can make that transition out of best friend status and downgrade it with minimum damage.

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