Tag: values

Some friendships work better in small doses

Published: October 27, 2013 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

When a long-term friendship seems one-sided and frustrating, it may be time to gently scale it back.

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In the Media – Are you too judgmental? (On iVillage)

Published: October 18, 2013 | Last Updated: October 18, 2013 By | Reply Continue Reading
In the Media – Are you too judgmental? (On iVillage)

An article in iVillage lists the top ten things we judge our friends for and how to criticize less..

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When religious differences divide friends

Published: June 25, 2013 | Last Updated: June 25, 2013 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Religious differences aren’t always deal breakers, but can be when one friend is intolerant

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How to end a friendship after growing apart

Published: April 19, 2013 | Last Updated: April 19, 2013 By | 12 Replies Continue Reading

It’s always hard to end a friendship, especially one with a friend that you have known for many years. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers.

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Ultimatums can undermine a friendship

Published: December 5, 2012 | Last Updated: December 7, 2012 By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

Often it’s hard to stay friends with someone who seems to have different morals or standards than you do. I hope you expressed your misgivings to your friend, and told her how you felt, before you gave her an ultimatum to choose between you and them.

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I left my best friend after she had an affair: Was I wrong?

Published: July 31, 2012 | Last Updated: October 28, 2012 By | 20 Replies Continue Reading

About six months ago, my BFF of 10 years, Penny, confided that she was having an affair with our mutual close friend, Amy’s, husband. Our families are all friends and her burdening me with this information was extremely difficult for me.

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Friendship and faith

Published: June 27, 2012 | Last Updated: June 25, 2013 By | 22 Replies Continue Reading

Yes, differences in faith and religion (not unlike differences in political affiliations)—or differences between believing and not believing—can often divide friends. How strongly each one believes, how consuming a role faith plays in the way they conduct their lives, whether or not they try to convert others to their way of thinking, and general openness to different religions and ways of thinking are all predictors of the toll religious views and affiliations may take on friendships.

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Slippery slope: How do I downgrade a relationship with a best friend?

Published: May 18, 2011 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

A woman asks how she can make that transition out of best friend status and downgrade it with minimum damage.

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Different strokes: Can this friendship survive?

Published: July 9, 2010 | Last Updated: July 10, 2010 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi, I’ve had the same best friend for more than 20 years. We were so close that we even have matching tattoos. We don’t live near each other, but have maintained contact and been through school, marriage, kids, etc together. She’s been a huge part of my life.   Things started getting tough a […]

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A Leap of Faith: Dumped over religious differences?

Published: February 20, 2010 | Last Updated: January 28, 2024 By | 18 Replies Continue Reading

It is true that differences in religion, politics and values can create wedges between people who were once close friends—but this generally doesn’t happen when friendships are otherwise solid. People accept the differences and agree to disagree so the differences don’t interfere with the relationship.

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