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Is She a Friend or a Frenemy?

Dr. Debra Campbell | Posted 04.25.2016 | Women
Dr. Debra Campbell

A Frenemy can typically happen when someone wants to be pals with you because they like things about you or who they think you are, but something about that admiration is more akin to envy.

3 Signs It's Time to Breakup With a Toxic Friend

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 03.24.2013 | Women
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

How to know if a friendship is just going through a rocky phase or if it's time to throw in the towel.

Bully or Best Friend?

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 11.29.2012 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

In real life, your child's tormentor might be a 6-year-old girl sporting dimples and a laugh that peals like a church bell. And your child might not flee from her, but instead run into her arms for a hug, ready to play, hoping every time that it won't devolve into intimidation and hurt feelings.

Art's Best Frenemies

Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts

Long before middle school girls made 'frenemy' a household term with their three-way phone calls and backhanded insults, Raphael and Michelangelo were...

4 Consequences to Labeling a Friend 'Toxic'

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 11.27.2011 | Women
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Do a google search with two words that by definition shouldn't be in the same sentence, "avoid" and "friend," and you'll get a list of 409,000,000 articles helping you figure out which friends to drop.

Top 10 friendship dilemmas of 2010

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Friendships, even very good ones, typically change over time. But the "rules" or etiquette on how to best adapt to a changed friendship are often murk...

17 Things Every Women's Magazine Will Tell You (That You Should Ignore)

The Frenemy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
The Frenemy

Jennifer Aniston is really hot but she is also very pathetic. We want to have her hairstyle and her arms, but only to carry on her legacy when she dies alone.

I can't believe she defriended me!

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

This week, I received an email from another writer who reminded me that she had once defriended me on Facebook. We both belong to the same professiona...

The elephant in the room: My once-BFF

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION: Hi Irene, I love your blog and read it all the time; you offer such great advice. Now I have some problems of my own and was wondering if...

The Frenemy Within

Rachel Bertsche | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachel Bertsche

In searching for a BFF, it might be helpful to consider what qualities most certainly do not make a friend. Here are some sentences that should never escape the mouth of a BFF.

Martha and Her: The Best of Friends?

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Martha, you had to be hurt when Mariana testified against you at your trial. But writing this book and exposing the intimacies of your longstanding friendship so publicly, was a particularly bitter form of betrayal.

A breakdown of trust: When long-time friends fight over a guy

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, For the past six to eight months I've had two friendships deteriorate. Jillian had been my friend for about 15 years. We ...

Five Ways to Improve Your Friendships in 2010

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Are you only hanging on to one or more friendships only because of your reluctance to let go of a shared history? Perhaps you need to let go.

Five Passive-Aggressive Gifts for Your Frenemy

Michelle Madhok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michelle Madhok

You probably have a "friend" who you don't actually like, but you kind of have to get her a gift anyway. We think you should buy her one of these five things.

Expert As Frenemy: Notes On The New Yorker Summit

Sanjay Khanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sanjay Khanna

Human nature leads us to turn towards expert-dependent disciplines to save us from ourselves but to what extent are experts -- and our own competence -- the frenemy in our midst?

She's Just Not That Into You: Six Ways to Know When a Girlfriend's a Frenemy

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Sometimes it's difficult to decide whether someone is truly a friend or may, instead, be a frenemy.

'Frenemy' Enters the Friendship Lexicon

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Dr. Irene S. Levine

"Our friends are often like a second family, so it's inevitable that drama can arise."