In the Media: Wall Street Journal Interview – How to Break Up With a Friend

Published: March 23, 2010 | Last Updated: December 13, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

Dr. Levine was interviewed in the Wall Street Journal Bonds column.


By Elizabeth Bernstein

… “It’s a myth that friendships last forever,” says Irene S. Levine, a psychologist, professor of psychiatry at New York University’s medical school and author of “Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend.” We are tied to our family by blood and our spouses by law, so we are often more attentive to those relationships. “Friendships are relationships of choice, so we tend to overlook them,” she says.

As a result, many friendships die from neglect, Dr. Levine says. And this in itself poses a very sticky problem in friendship breakups: How do you know if you’re being neglected-or dumped? What if your friend is always too busy to get together but always seems to have a good excuse? What if she never calls you, but seems happy enough to hear from you when you call?…

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