Tag: needy friend

How can I peacefully end a relationship with a needy friend?

Published: September 29, 2012 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 30 Replies Continue Reading

It’s never easy to end a relationship with a needy friend. You can only try your best.

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Living with a close friend: What happened to our friendship?

Published: September 12, 2012 | Last Updated: October 28, 2012 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

About two months ago, a close friend and I moved in together. At first, I was very excited about our new living arrangement and assumed that it would only strengthen our friendship. However, living with this friend seems to have had the opposite effect.

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Two friends who need each other—but don’t like each other

Published: March 13, 2012 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

A needy, symbiotic relationship usually comes to an end when one person changes.   QUESTION   Hi Irene, I have been friends with Jade for eight years and now I’m starting to question the nature of our relationship. The thing is I’ve never really liked her, and I know that she doesn’t really care for […]

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Mothering a Dependent Friend: How do I change course?

Published: March 9, 2012 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

How do you get out of the role of mothering a dependent friend?

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Too Much: Overwhelmed by a friend without boundaries

Published: January 20, 2012 | Last Updated: April 12, 2015 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

If your friend has no boundaries, responsibility for setting them falls on you.

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Feeling smothered by a friend

Published: August 9, 2011 | Last Updated: August 9, 2011 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

It becomes uncomfortable for both friends when one wants to spend more time together than the other. It can make one feel smothered and the other feel rejected.   QUESTION Dear Irene, It seems my divorce has killed my friendship with a good friend, simply because my life has changed.   My friend was never […]

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My best friend exhausts me!

Published: February 15, 2011 | Last Updated: February 15, 2017 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

How do you deal with a friend who drains and exhausts you?

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Handling a ‘Friend’ Who Doesn’t Get The Message

Published: December 20, 2010 | Last Updated: August 22, 2022 By | 11 Replies Continue Reading
Handling a ‘Friend’ Who Doesn’t Get The Message

It’s awkward and uncomfortable when a friend doesn’t get the message but you deserve to find a gracious way to get out of the friendship.

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Help! My Friend Is Too Clingy!

Published: September 17, 2010 | Last Updated: November 13, 2021 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading
Help! My Friend Is Too Clingy!

Two good friends, one feels too clingy, the other feels strangled by the closeness. She wonders what to do or say.

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Getting Out Of A Sticky Friendship

Published: June 15, 2010 | Last Updated: August 22, 2022 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading
Getting Out Of A Sticky Friendship

When you feel like you’re in a sticky friendship, you need to be firm and clear about setting boundaries and expectations.

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