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Toxic Friends

Strindberg & Helium: What Can a Cartoon Show us about Unbalanced Friendships?

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.17.2012 | Women
Brandi Megan Granett

I've always wondered how you could be a good friend, set boundaries, and still be connected meaningfully to the people you care for -- even if they have a tough time caring for themselves.

10 Ways To Look Your Best In 2012 -- Without Dieting!

Posted 02.29.2012 | Home

January has arrived, which means we are being bombarded with gym membership emails, we can't go to the drug stop without seeing magazine covers about ...

Can That Friendship Be Salvaged?

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 01.07.2012 | Women
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

When we label a person, we are buying in to a fear-based belief system that people are inherently one thing: unhealthy or healthy, bad or good, toxic or non-toxic.

Carolyn Gregoire

Bullied Girls Speak Out in New Film

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.29.2011 | Home

Gossip, rumors, backstabbing, betrayal, love triangles, drama, jealousy and manipulation. No, this isn’t an episode of Gossip Girl. It’s the real ...

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.

Changing places and changing friendships

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, I have never been the type to initiate friendships, although I can usually guess pretty accurately whether I'll end up being fr...

Girl-Hate-Girl Action

Rachel Bertsche | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rachel Bertsche

Everyone has someone they can't be friends with.

Lindsay Lohan Turns To Self-Help Book For Guidance

People | David Caplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Lindsay Lohan needs all the advice she can get. As the star gets ready to serve time behind bars -- she has until July 20 to surrender to authorities...

The Celebrity Girlfriend in Your Backyard

Susan Shapiro Barash | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Shapiro Barash

It's an old story -- having a famous friend, or being famous and surrounding yourself with those who are like you. But celebrity status is beyond riveting lately, as is the yearning for best female friends.

The Always-Late Friend

Susan Shapiro Barash | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Shapiro Barash

It is an almost universal sentiment that the chronically late friend can irritate even those of us who are good natured and patient.

The Misery Lover in Your Life

Susan Shapiro Barash | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Shapiro Barash

In our ongoing quest for healthy friendships, those in which we feel appreciated, understood and where trust is at a premium, the misery lover's modus...

The Delicate Balance of Who To Ditch and Who To Keep

Susan Shapiro Barash | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Shapiro Barash

Few of us have the courage to distance ourselves from a popular mean girl and suffer the consequences, even if we feel that we've been mistreated.

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.

How To Spot That Toxic Friend

Susan Shapiro Barash | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Shapiro Barash

These aren't our mothers' friendships, where women were hesitant to disclose unhappiness or weakness. Female friendships today are filled with expectations -- the sense that "we're all in it together."

Friend Poaching or Social Networking?

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

Friendships change over time. A friendship that is 'stolen' may have long been gone. It may offer the poachee an opportunity to change or get rid of a friendship that was draining or toxic in other ways.

Psych 101: When a Close Friend is Depressed

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

Yes, there are some cases when close friends need to cut a little slack. Could it be that your friendship feels burdensome and painful because your friend is depressed?

Motherhood is a Friendship-Killer

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

This Mother's Day, give yourself a little gift that no one else would ever think of. Jot down an appointment on your calendar to have lunch with a friend, or to have a girls night out.