Tag: guilt

Guilted by a depressed best friend

Published: November 30, 2016 | Last Updated: February 10, 2017 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

A woman feels “guilted” by a demanding BFF and doesn’t know what to say or do.

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Feeling guilty about a breakup

Published: August 3, 2016 | By | 19 Replies Continue Reading

A woman is left feeling guilty after she ends a long-term friendship.

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How do I opt out of a friendship I don’t want to continue?

Published: September 18, 2015 | By | 27 Replies Continue Reading

Friendships are voluntary relationships with the right to opt out.

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Having a disagreement with a friend who gets diagnosed with a serious illness

Published: May 15, 2015 | Last Updated: May 15, 2015 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

When a friend gets diagnosed with a serious illness, it has a way of changing your outlook.

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Feeling guilty about cutting off a friendship

Published: June 24, 2013 | Last Updated: June 24, 2013 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

It’s normal to feel guilty about cutting off a friendship even if it is the right thing to do. If you have carefully considered the decision, don’t look back.

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My friend discovered I lied to her

Published: June 4, 2012 | Last Updated: June 4, 2012 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION  Hi Irene, I’m 37 years old but when I was 18, my best friend and I met this friendly guy whom we both liked, but he liked me more. He and I kept our relationship quiet for a while but at a party, my best friend saw us together. She and I didn’t speak […]

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Feeling guilty after a sudden breakup with college roommate

Published: January 24, 2012 | Last Updated: September 4, 2014 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

While I was in college I decided to room with one of my really good friends that I had made at school. Things seemed to go great that year and I felt that we had become really close. However, near the end of that school year she suddenly left for home and refused to take my calls.

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Dumped: But my friend wants to remain connected — on her terms

Published: November 26, 2011 | Last Updated: November 26, 2011 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

When a friend dumps you, she can’t call all the shots…   QUESTION Dear Irene, How do you handle a situation where a very dear friend, who also happens to be your friend from work, wants an extended time out and at the same time insists that I should keep on being friends with her […]

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7 Tips for Saying NO

Published: February 25, 2011 | Last Updated: March 10, 2024 By | 20 Replies Continue Reading
7 Tips for Saying NO

Saying NO to a friend is never easy. Here are some tips for saying NO when you should.

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Handling a friend who needs to have the upper hand

Published: December 6, 2010 | Last Updated: September 6, 2013 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

It can be challenging to deal with a controlling friend who always tries to have the upper hand.

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