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In the Media – Recognizing when friendships become toxic

Published: March 13, 2014 | Last Updated: December 28, 2020 By | Reply Continue Reading
In the Media – Recognizing when friendships become toxic

In PsychCentral.com, Lauren Suval outlines some of the signs of a toxic friendship.

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In the Media – Toxic pals: Behind frenemy lines (CNN)

Published: February 25, 2014 | Last Updated: February 25, 2014 By | Reply Continue Reading
In the Media – Toxic pals: Behind frenemy lines (CNN)

LeTrent interviewed Dr. Irene S. Levine and other experts on the topic of toxic friendships, pointing out some of the characteristics of these relationships and how to end them.

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Friendship by the Book: An interview with Alexa Young, author of Frenemies

Published: June 28, 2008 | Last Updated: November 27, 2012 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Some of the most painful and unexpected girlfriend breakups occur during the roller-coaster middle-school years. Alexa Young’s engaging new teen novel, Frenemies (HarperTeen, 2008) is a book that moms will want their daughters to read in preparation for this rude awakening. The book tells the story of two eighth-graders and BFFs, Halley Brandon and Avalon Greene, who have always agreed on everything. But after spending a summer apart, they’ve changed—physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually.

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Motherhood is a friendship-killer

Published: May 8, 2008 | Last Updated: May 8, 2008 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

Mother’s Day celebrates motherhood—as well as children, flowers, candy, and greeting cards. But there’s a seedy side to everything—and motherhood is a known friendship-killer. Motherhood challenges female friendships for a variety of reasons: • You are a mother, and your BFF isn’t one and wants to be one. Her fertility problems are making her extremely […]

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Reader Q & A: Should friends have open-door policies?

Published: May 8, 2008 | Last Updated: May 20, 2008 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Not sure how I will find this once I post it, but here is a good question about women and friendship. If you are busy with work/play/school/other responsibilities and have a totally different time and life schedule, is it okay for a friend to drop by anytime without calling? I have a friend/maybe had, […]

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Sticks and Stones: Perversions of the language of friendship

Published: February 16, 2008 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

I found a new-to-me friendship term in the Urban Dictionary, frienvy. It describes the envious feelings someone has towards a friend who loses weight, gets a promotion, or finds a new love. OK, it’s kind of cute. The dictionary also defines friendwhoring, the verb: stealing someone else’s friends and making them your own. Getting a […]

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Twenty Questions: Spotting a Toxic Friendship

Published: December 4, 2007 | Last Updated: September 17, 2014 By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

Here are 20 questions to help you spot a toxic friendship.

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Friendship and the couch

Published: November 15, 2007 | Last Updated: November 16, 2007 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

In a recent article in the UK Telegraph entitled, Could friendships be ruining your life? journalist Tim Shipman reports that the American self-help industry is booming as we are becoming increasingly aware of toxic friendships. He points to the pervasive use of the term in our culture—noting the growing number of popular books and TV […]

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Friendship by the Book: Songs without Words

Published: November 5, 2007 | Last Updated: November 6, 2007 By | Reply Continue Reading

When a close friendship fades away, the passage of time makes it harder and harder to patch up the divide. In Songs without Words (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007), the writing of Ann Packer captures the fragility of female friendships as well as the complexities of repairing friendships when they falter. Lifelong friends Liz and Sarabeth […]

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Toxic Friends: An Interview with Florence Isaacs

Published: August 27, 2007 | Last Updated: May 17, 2020 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Freelance journalist Florence Isaacs, an expert on relationships, friendship, and effective communication in business and social situations, wrote the groundbreaking book on friendship, Toxic Friends True Friends: How Your Friendships Can Make or Break Your Health, Happiness, Family, and Career (Citadel, 2003). When I decided to write a book about fractured friendships, her book was high on my reading […]

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