Tag: female friendships

A “good enough” friend

Published: February 6, 2009 | Last Updated: February 6, 2009 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, I recently got into a fight with a girl named Linda, whom I considered my best friend. She said I was never a "good enough" friend for her, and I told her that I thought I couldn’t be her friend because she was spreading gossip about me. We both agreed that […]

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

Published: February 2, 2009 | Last Updated: February 2, 2009 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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The Sometimes Friend

Published: January 29, 2009 | Last Updated: January 29, 2009 By | 15 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m in my late 30’s and for as long as I can remember (since early childhood), I have always been the "sometimes friend". Usually there are two friends who are inseparable. They are on each other’s speed dial, they shop together, lunch together, and their families spend time together. And only sometimes…will […]

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Escaping from a toxic triangle

Published: January 21, 2009 | Last Updated: January 22, 2009 By | 72 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m a 40-year-old woman who feels like she’s back in junior high. I have three kids who are very involved in sports and activities. Over the last four years, my husband and I developed a group of friends with kids the same ages. My closest friend in the group was a woman […]

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Sophisticated Lady

Published: January 18, 2009 | Last Updated: January 18, 2009 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, First, thank you for a wonderful website. Second, I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps I have a higher need for interaction than most people. I’m turning 40 and when my husband mentioned throwing me a birthday party I realized I have no dear […]

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Friendship by the Book: Cancer is a Bitch

Published: January 14, 2009 | Last Updated: March 5, 2022 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

“I’m part of a club I didn’t mean to join,” writes Gail Konop Baker, author of Cancer is a Bitch. Read an interview with the author.

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Getting over getting dumped

Published: January 8, 2009 | Last Updated: January 8, 2009 By | 15 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, I’m so glad I found your blog –it seems there are many resources for how to break up with friends, but very few for the friends who get dumped! Your blog addresses both sides of the issue, for which I am thankful. The first (and only) time I’ve been dumped by […]

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Reader Q & A: Dumped Times Two

Published: December 16, 2008 | Last Updated: May 6, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

Being dumped hurts, especially when it happens multiple times.

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Reader Q & A: Mean Girls

Published: December 8, 2008 | Last Updated: December 8, 2008 By | 11 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Dr. Levine, It’s been about 5 months since I broke up with my boyfriend due to conflicting schedules, frequent disagreements and life stresses. This guy was friends with my ex-girlfriend for over 15 years and I was friends with her for 10 years. He took me to this party and I had no […]

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Reader Q & A: Dealing with a pattern of fractured friendships

Published: December 1, 2008 | Last Updated: December 1, 2008 By | 11 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION:   Dear Irene: Add me to the list of people who stumbled upon your blog with relief. It’s really good for me to hear that this is not an entirely uncommon problem, and some of the posts on this blog have been very helpful to me.   I’m definitely one of those people who […]

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