Tag: frenemies

In the Media – Friend or frenemy? (Bustle)

Published: February 24, 2017 | Last Updated: February 24, 2017 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
In the Media – Friend or frenemy? (Bustle)

Is your so-called “friend” a friend or frenemy? Here are some tips for finding out…

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How to handle an adult bully

Published: June 23, 2011 | Last Updated: November 17, 2012 By | 115 Replies Continue Reading

I cannot believe I am dealing with a female, adult, bully at age 42—but here I am. She is a neighbor who lives behind my house. My husband and I had a brief friendship with her and her husband. It was brief because they were very over-bearing and demanding.

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Middle school is tough on friendships

Published: March 9, 2011 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My best friend and I have been best friends since the first grade. Now we’re in middle school. This new charter school opened up and my friend wants to go there even though I’m not and she’s turning into a real jerk.   She’s telling me I should lose weight (even though […]

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When mean girls appear as adults

Published: September 15, 2010 | Last Updated: December 15, 2020 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

The 2004 hit teen comedy Mean Girls and the bestselling book by Rosalind Wiseman upon which it is based, Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence, hit a powerful chord with audiences, exposing the painful world of adolescent girls who are too often tormented and bullied […]

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Thoughts on Being Defriended

Published: September 4, 2010 | Last Updated: August 1, 2013 By | 20 Replies Continue Reading

When I was defriended on Facebook, I felt like a door had been slammed in my face.

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Why Are Women So Mean To Each Other?

Published: August 13, 2010 | Last Updated: November 10, 2021 By | 94 Replies Continue Reading

If you’ve wondered why women are so mean to each other, read Female Bullying, an article by Rachel Giese in the September 2010 issue of Flare Magazine. The piece covers the perennial, but disturbing, topic of adult women who have honed the art of what therapists have termed relational aggression. These mean girls may not fight with their fists but they can inflict terrible emotional pain on their targets.

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Chelsea’s Getting Married: What about her friends?

Published: July 31, 2010 | Last Updated: July 31, 2020 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

On choosing which friends to invite when you’re getting married…

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5 Ways To Improve Your Friendships in 2010

Published: January 3, 2010 | Last Updated: January 3, 2010 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

Whether it’s the occasion of a birthday or an anniversary, or the passing of another year or of another decade, it’s human nature to periodically take stock of things. Turning the page on the calendar means looking back and looking forward, which often brings into bold relief those aspects of our lives where we think […]

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Middle school frenemies: Why are girls so mean?

Published: December 4, 2009 | Last Updated: October 21, 2014 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Every mother knows how tough middle school friendships can be for young women.

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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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