Tag: fractured friendship

In friends we trust—until they let us down

Published: April 21, 2009 | Last Updated: October 29, 2013 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

When friends we trust have a lapse in judgment, it can be difficult to get over.

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Just Do It: Putting a fractured friendship behind you

Published: February 20, 2009 | Last Updated: February 20, 2009 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi,                                            A few years ago, I was a roommate with a woman I will call Marta. She found me by looking at rentals in the paper. She was newly divorced and we became fast friends. I introduced her to my extensive group of friends. She moved out after I got engaged. We were […]

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Reader Q &A: Should breaking up be a blame game?

Published: December 16, 2008 | Last Updated: December 16, 2008 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene:   When you break up with a female friend, is it really necessary to "give advice" about what they should do in the future, or is it better to focus on the problems within the relationship you were personally involved with?   I just got dumped by a friend who went on […]

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Reader Q & A: Emotionally drained newlywed

Published: November 10, 2008 | Last Updated: November 10, 2008 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi Irene, I’m in a really tight spot and would appreciate ANY advice you could provide. I have had two friends, A and B, since elementary school, but we went our separate ways after high school. A went to college, B partied and worked various jobs, and I went on to complete undergraduate and […]

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Reader Q & A: Coping with a roller coaster friendship

Published: November 10, 2008 | Last Updated: November 10, 2008 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene: I came across your blog tonight. I am thankful. I am feeling desperate for some advice. I became good friends with a girl in the same town where I live. We met in February of this year. We hit it off right away. We became super close really fast. Had the same […]

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Reader Q & A: Trying to find the courage to end it

Published: October 2, 2008 | Last Updated: October 2, 2008 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene, I am in the middle of a bad friendship and am so grateful to have found this site. Thanks everyone! I am trying to find the courage to "cut down" on the friendship but I am a person who generally will hold things in and then explode. I did this to a […]

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Reader Q & A: Needy Friends: They just don’t understand

Published: September 25, 2008 | Last Updated: September 25, 2008 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

  QUESTION:   Dear Irene:   I have several girlfriends who seem needy to me. While we all go through difficult times, it seems they always have problems. I am unmarried, with a boyfriend who lives an hour away, I am running a business and my household and they have all of the support – […]

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Reader Q&A: Achieving closure after being dumped by a friend at work

Published: August 29, 2008 | Last Updated: November 3, 2012 By | 130 Replies Continue Reading

About three months ago, Anna had met a new friend, “Lisa,” and I felt replaced. Little by little, I felt pushed aside and believe that Lisa had put a rift in the friendship between Anna and me. All of the sudden, Anna and I spent less and less time together as she made more time for Lisa.

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Reader Q & A: Avoiding entanglements after a break up

Published: August 8, 2008 | Last Updated: August 8, 2008 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Dear Irene,   I have a long time friend who was a single mother just like me when we first met ten years ago. I knew she was a headstrong and opinionated early on and accepted that. However, I’ve always worried a bit about her. She had a traumatic childhood; she was adopted after her […]

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