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How The Pandemic Changed My Expectations And Some Friendships

Published: September 16, 2021 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading
How The Pandemic Changed My Expectations And Some Friendships

Guest contributor Cindy La Ferle reflects on how the pandemic changed so many aspects of her life, including her expectations and some friendships.

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When Expectations Differ

Published: October 5, 2015 | Last Updated: September 15, 2021 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
When Expectations Differ

What do you do when a friend’s expectations of a friendship totally outsize your own? This can be an uncomfortable situation for both friends.

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My friend isn’t living up to my expectations

Published: May 27, 2014 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

A single woman feels like her married friend isn’t meeting her expectations of a best friend.

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Friendship: Are My Expectations Too High?

Published: November 22, 2013 | Last Updated: April 15, 2021 By | 46 Replies Continue Reading

Sometimes expectations need to be tempered because different people have different styles and approaches to friendship.

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Toxic friendships: It takes two

Published: March 14, 2011 | Last Updated: November 22, 2013 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

It takes two people to define a friendship. So if your friend has no boundaries, it’s also true that you haven’t set any limits.

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A less-than-perfect friend

Published: September 27, 2010 | Last Updated: September 27, 2010 By | Reply Continue Reading

Friendships are rarely perfect; they come in more flavors and textures than Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Sometimes, coming to terms with a less than perfect friendship is a matter of viewing it realistically, putting it in perspective, setting boundaries, and deciding to get and give what you can so the relationship is mutually rewarding. […]

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Scheduling problems: A simple misunderstanding or more?

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, I’ve been hanging around with "Dina" for 15 years. A month ago, Dina told me she had run into an old friend of ours who wanted to get together with our old gang. She said she would arrange it and I told her I would help by contacting a few people within […]

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Motherhood: The Shifting Sands of Friendship

Published: April 9, 2010 | Last Updated: April 9, 2010 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Irene, Jordan and I have been best friends since our first day of college 20 years ago. Over the years, we both married (me=happily, her=constantly teetering on the edge of divorce) and had children. I had my children several years before she did, and she was always incredibly supportive and understanding of my new […]

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Friendship by the Book: An Interview with the Authors of Friend or Frenemy?

Published: September 28, 2008 | Last Updated: June 20, 2021 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

The term ‘frenemy’ has become part of the friendship lexicon. I spoke to the co-authors of the book: Friend or Frenemy?

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Rosie and Elizabeth: (Too) Great Expectations?

Published: June 1, 2007 | Last Updated: May 12, 2020 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

In a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, culture critic Jenice Armstrong weighs in on the fractured friendship of Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselback—one woman formerly on, and the other one presently on The View. Now both, former friends. The article by the Philly columnist raises the intriguing question: How much is too much to […]

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