Tag: mutual friends

Two close friends in the same book club cut their ties

Published: July 3, 2015 | Last Updated: July 7, 2015 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

How do you handle a breakup when you’re in the same book club?

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When A Friend Becomes A Frenemy

Published: December 20, 2011 | Last Updated: November 25, 2021 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading
When A Friend Becomes A Frenemy

Even when a friend becomes a frenemy, it can be hard to know when it’s time to let go because it invariably comes with some losses.

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My friend dumped me because she thinks I made a play for her husband

Published: November 23, 2011 | Last Updated: November 23, 2011 By | 13 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi, I’d known my friend and her husband for about twelve years. I had always got along with her husband and we went on a group holiday about three years ago and that’s when her husband and I became friendly. We had a lot in common and could laugh and joke about things. I […]

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Is a less-than-perfect friend better than no friend at all?

Published: June 27, 2011 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 17 Replies Continue Reading

It’s so easy to become attached to the idea of "having a best friend" that we ignore the reality of a flawed friendship.   QUESTION Dear Irene, There’s a girl who I thought was my best friend forever whom I’ve grown to dislike. I feel guilty for wanting to dump her, but I don’t know […]

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Best friends: Until business does us part

Published: December 21, 2010 | Last Updated: December 21, 2010 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

When a friend banks on your friendship   QUESTION Hi Irene, Our best friends, who have no money, wanted to go into business with us. They asked us for a large sum to open an immersion preschool-3rd grade and we said no, opening a school did not interest us. We both have kids who need […]

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The elephant in the room: My once-BFF

Published: June 25, 2010 | Last Updated: June 25, 2010 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi Irene, I love your blog and read it all the time; you offer such great advice. Now I have some problems of my own and was wondering if you could help me. I‘ve had the same best friend for ten years; we went to uni together and even lived together after university. In […]

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How to shake a clingy friend

Published: August 9, 2009 | Last Updated: August 9, 2009 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My friend and I have known each other since high school. We went to college together and I was in her wedding. We both were in the same phases of life at the same time (engaged, newly married, etc.). I enjoyed having someone to talk to about these things since many of […]

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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: Help! Can collateral damage be avoided in a breakup?

Published: June 11, 2008 | Last Updated: March 17, 2015 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

A woman wonders whether she can avoid collateral damage after a breakup.

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