Tag: fractured friendships

Choosing one over another

Published: March 1, 2009 | Last Updated: December 13, 2016 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

There are many times when girlfriends have to choose one friend over another (for example, you can only have one maid-of-honor)—and decisions like this aren’t always easy. Read Andrea Boyarsky’s article in the Staten Island Advance, Delivering the Big Hurt, where she asks me and some other experts to weigh in on the issue…

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For Better or For Worse: Weddings and Friendship – Part II

Published: February 18, 2009 | Last Updated: February 1, 2021 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Marriage is a milestone that often alters a couple’s relationship with each other, as well as with those around them. For the new bride, it can herald profound changes in her relationships with girlfriends. In a recent post (February 9, 2008), I interviewed wedding expert Sharon Naylor about the challenges that planning “the big day” […]

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She’s Just Not That Into You: Six ways to know when a girlfriend’s a frenemy

Published: February 11, 2009 | Last Updated: February 11, 2009 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

He’s Just Not That Into You decodes the rules of heterosexual dating. But the relationship between girlfriends can be just as powerful, irritating, and unfathomable as any relationship with a guy. Here are my six ways for women to recognize when "she’s just not that into you." Read my latest post on HuffPo, SHE’s Just […]

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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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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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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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Reader Q &A: A Foot-in-Her-Mouth Friend

Published: November 22, 2008 | Last Updated: November 22, 2008 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

*QUESTION: Hi Dr. Levine, I’m having (and always seem to have) fractured friendships. (Great phrase, by the way!) I’m one of those people who is always trying to make a joke and therefore throw out a lot of one liners when the opportunity arises. Unfortunately, sometimes the jokes unintentionally hurt people’s feelings, and sometimes those […]

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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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