Tag: reciprocity

Unbalanced friendships: Why does this happen?

Published: April 1, 2016 | By | 12 Replies Continue Reading

A woman laments that her friendships are unbalanced because she is always the initiator.

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Moves: When the road to a friend’s house is one-way

Published: August 22, 2015 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading
Moves: When the road to a friend’s house is one-way

After she moves, her friend never comes to visit at her new house.

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On letting go: Too much follow up can feel like stalking

Published: June 30, 2015 | By | 11 Replies Continue Reading

Where do you draw the line between following up and stalking?

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Guest Post – How to Patch Those Black Hole Relationships

Published: August 16, 2014 | Last Updated: April 6, 2021 By | 19 Replies Continue Reading
Guest Post – How to Patch Those Black Hole Relationships

Journalist and author Cindy La Ferle writes about “black hole” relationships, why they happen, and why they may not be all that bad.

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Friendship: No response is a response of sorts

Published: August 21, 2013 | Last Updated: August 21, 2013 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

When a friend consistently doesn’t respond, it’s usually more than an oversight. No response suggests that he’s just not that into you.

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Remaining Friends With Friends Who Don’t Reciprocate

Published: August 11, 2013 | Last Updated: August 22, 2021 By | 148 Replies Continue Reading
Remaining Friends With Friends Who Don’t Reciprocate

Would you remain friends with friends who don’t reciprocate? It is common to feel “used” if you are the only one extending invitations.l

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Friendship: In sickness and in health? Not always

Published: May 18, 2013 | Last Updated: May 18, 2013 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Two friends bond over sickness until one regains her health. Are there magic words to end this troubling friendship?

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An inconvenient truth: She’s made you a second-tier friend

Published: July 26, 2011 | Last Updated: October 31, 2012 By | 22 Replies Continue Reading

If you feel like a second-tier friend, it’s not a friendship of equals QUESTION Dear Irene, I’ve been friends with a woman for about four years now. As time progressed, we became closer, or so I thought. We both moved here from other areas and I introduced her to our neighborhood book club, my hairstylist, etc. The […]

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A friendship that is too close for comfort?

Published: June 2, 2011 | Last Updated: June 2, 2011 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Dr. Levine, I am about to graduate from high school. I’ve been friends with this guy for about three years. When we first met, something hit me that I really wanted to be good friends. We quickly became very close friends—saw each other nearly every day at school and outside of school, hung […]

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Worth Reading: Forever Friends

Published: February 7, 2011 | Last Updated: October 6, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

Forever Friends: An essay in the Irish newspaper Independent about true friendships – By Aida Austin Saturday Feb 5 2011  I did a long bedside vigil on a paediatric intensive-care unit 12 years ago. A cold sweat of terror defines that time for me, along with mad-eyed private bargaining — “please, whichever god is listening, make my […]

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