Tag: insecure

How to handle a know-it-all

Published: December 4, 2015 | By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

A reader asks for advice on handling a know-it-all in her new book club.

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Insecure about my relationship with my best friend

Published: April 26, 2015 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

A college student feels insecure about her friendship and wonders whether she is a “toxic” friend.

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A student seeks advice on dealing with a clingy friend

Published: April 14, 2015 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

Sometimes a clingy friend can make us feel like running in the opposite direction.

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An Insecure Friend

Published: November 15, 2011 | Last Updated: November 15, 2011 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION  Dear Irene, I am generally insecure when it comes to friends. I am frightened that if I don’t co-operate or meet their requirements they will dump me. This was true during my college days- and now I’m married with two kids and still haven’t gotten over it. The second problem is I usually don’t […]

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A newish mother finds it hard to make new friends

Published: October 11, 2011 | Last Updated: October 11, 2011 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

Making new friends takes time, self-confidence, and creativity   QUESTION Dear Irene, Friendships have become a sore point for me at this juncture in my life. I am in my 30s and have a lovely husband and toddler son. I used to work full time and hence, never really developed any friendships in my neighborhood. […]

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Handling an insecure friend

Published: July 8, 2011 | Last Updated: July 8, 2011 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I have a friend whom I’ve known for about four years. She was there for me when my husband committed suicide two years ago. Since then, I’ve met a man whom I’ve fallen in love with and we are getting married. I introduced his brother to my friend and they’ve been going […]

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5 Tips for handling a friend who talks incessantly

Published: July 17, 2010 | Last Updated: March 3, 2013 By | 15 Replies Continue Reading

Have you ever sat down for lunch with a friend who talks non-stop—without giving you the slightest chance to get a word in edgewise? You begin to feel like you turned on a TV set, helplessly trying to interact with a very boring re-run.

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Could YOU be a toxic friend? 5 Sure Signs

Published: September 28, 2009 | Last Updated: September 28, 2009 By | 17 Replies Continue Reading

After a tiff with your BFF, it’s natural to get upset and ask yourself (or a third person), "What’s wrong with her?" That’s because it’s much easier for all of us to recognize blemishes or faults in our friends than it is to look in the mirror. But if you’re finding that you’re having frequent […]

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Reader Q & A: No way out?

Published: January 9, 2009 | Last Updated: January 9, 2009 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene: My "best" friend and I have been friends since last year. Sometimes I feel like I love her; other times, she’s my worst enemy. She comes from a controlling and abusive family and I was always there for her to get through it. I just turned 18, and I realize more and […]

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