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Detox From Toxic Friends

Christine Whelan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Whelan

I admit it: I have a friend that I'm afraid to totally ditch for fear she'll do something nasty to me. OK, now your turn: You have toxic friendships, I know you do. It's time to admit it--and figure out why.

Can a Friendship Fall Apart Over a Small Slight?

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

What seems like a minor slight to one friend can be blown out of proportion by another. It's always uncomfortable when there is a schism between two close friends, especially if they work together.

John Haig Marshall: Former Reserve Cop Accused Of Drugging, Raping And Shaving Friend

The Los Angeles Times | Tony Barboza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

A former Redondo Beach reserve police officer has been arrested for allegedly drugging an acquaintance, raping him and shaving off the victim's body h...

Watching a Good Friend Make Bad Decisions

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

My friend broke up with her first serious boyfriend about a year ago. She still spends most of her time with him and his family but they all take advantage of her. Is there something that can help her see what's going on?

When a friend wants more than friendship

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

It's not unusual for platonic relationships to turn into something different or something more. Whenever this happens, regardless of gender, it can le...

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.

Resisting the Urge to Gossip

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

Managers need to find ways to promote informal communication while minimizing destructive gossip and knife-in-the-back criticism that impairs relationships, lowers morale, and decreases productivity.

Can I Catch My Friend Before She Jumps Off a Cliff (Again?)

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

"It frustrates me when friends ask for advice, then do the opposite of what I tell them and want me to feel sorry for them from the consequences," writes Liza.

Love, loss and friendship: Getting over the death of a child

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

There is no pain greater than the loss of a child. Parents who have suffered such a tragedy say that they never get over it; at best, they get through...

Why Breaking Up Is So Hard to Do

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

Women have an extraordinarily difficult time ending their friendships, even very toxic ones. It's not surprising. Like divorce, the potential losses can be staggering, extending well beyond the friendship per se.

Am I My Friend's Keeper?

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

Over the past six months I've been friends with a 25-year-old girl, and I'm a 37-year-old woman. She is where I used to be: bingeing, playing the victim role, can't find love, affection, or the attention she needs.

Crossing Washington Square: A Chick Lit Author Hits Her Stride

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

I was delighted to have the opportunity to interview Joanne Rendell, author of Crossing Washington Square. This is intelligent chick lit, an engaging story beautifully told.

How to Put the Kibosh on a Friendship That Seems Doomed

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

How can I avoid hurting someone's feelings and maintain a relationship as a colleague when I don't want to be her friend?

Start Asking

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marshall Goldsmith

Why don't most of us ask, even though we know we should? We don't ask, because we are afraid of the answers.

Why We Need to Declutter Our Friendships

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

Audit your friendships -- because having too many bad ones can prevent you from having good ones.

The Single Best Way to Tell if You Have Outgrown a Friendship

Margaret Ruth | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Margaret Ruth

If one person has done something such as become healthier, develop new interests or changed what s/he wants in a friendship, then the friendship has to change along.

I Love My BFF but I Can't Take Her Husband!

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

My friendship with my BFF is very important to me but when her husband is in the mix -- things become very uncomfortable.

Summertime When the Friendships Comes Easy

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

My conversation with Julie Kraut on her new book dealing with the nearly universal camper affliction: homesickness.

How Our Minds Play Tricks On Us In Relationships

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

These studies show that regardless of our intentions or how we think we want to act, we are strongly influenced by what is on our minds when we are acting in the world.

Susan Boyle Needs Your Friendship and Support

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

The emotional fallout of Susan Boyle's unexpected and disappointing defeat on Saturday night was clearly devastating. The front-runner failed to take ...

The Seven-Year Expiration Date on Friendships

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

Friendships don't last a lifetime and are determined by circumstances not personal preferences.

Seven Friendship Recovery Affirmations

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

Most friendships don't last forever. If you are reeling from a failed friendship or one that seemed to drift apart, here are some thoughts to help you get over the hurt.

Circles of Friends

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

Some women have the good fortune of having groups of friends who have a shared history -- based on where they were, where they lived, or what they did together.

In Friends We Trust -- Until They Let Us Down

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, About three or four weeks ago, I broke up amicably with a guy I was dating because the relationship just wasn't growing romanti...

Friends Don't Judge -- Or Do They?

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

As your daughter is only 5 ½, you need to be cautious about the people you expose her to. So if your fiancé is incarcerated for child molestation, that obviously should be a deal-killer.