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Boundaries

How To Set Boundaries With An Oddball Co-Worker

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 08.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

You have a right to feel safe in the work environment without being harassed by a colleague.

The Importance Of Setting Boundaries

Wendy Strgar | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wendy Strgar

Learning to sense and articulate my own needs and choosing where and when to share them might well be the single biggest life change I can commit to.

Toxic friendship? It takes two

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

QUESTION Hi Dr. Levine, I have read most of your posts about needy friends and overbearing friends and annoying friends. I am in a long-term friends...

Trapped in a friendship: Try being honest

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

QUESTION Hi Irene, I have a certain friend with whom I've grown very close over a relatively short period of time (a little over a year). She is an ...

7 Tips for saying NO to a friend

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

Saying NO can unravel a friendship but sometimes there's no way around it. Many of us have a hard time saying NO to a friend. When someone's a tru...

When you can't stand your teen's best friend

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

QUESTION Hi Irene, What should you tell a teen whose friend is nothing but trouble when she feels that the friend is her best friend in the who...

Friendship by the Book: 'Dump 'Em' by Jodyne L. Speyer

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

It's never easy to end a relationship---whether it's with a hairstylist, babysitter, boss, lover or a friend. That's because we get attached to the pe...

Help! My friend has become too needy

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, My best friend has become overly dependent on me. She's been living in another state for the last few years but we see each oth...

Less than perfect friendships

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

Friendships are rarely perfect; they come in more flavors and textures than Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Sometimes, coming to terms with a less than perfe...

The Importance of Boundaries

Wendy Strgar | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wendy Strgar

Setting boundaries may be one of the aspects of living that most defines our maturity and facility for accomplishing our goals. Learning to define our boundaries, however, is challenging for many.

Relating to a Friend in Crisis

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, My friend and I are very close and she's recently been under a lot of stress. A family member is dying and she is caring for...

Recharge a Declining Relationship Through "Indifference"

Douglas LaBier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

This post is about what can restore passion and connection in a declining but committed relationship -- a situation that's rampant in our culture. The solution involves a paradox.

Boundaries and Priorities: Week 8 of "Mental Muscle" Boot Camp

Paul Katz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Katz

This is not to say it won't take an enormous amount of work to get rid of my boundaries. I feel the walls in my head buckling and my priority is to keep knocking them down.

Roommate Etiquette: How to Live Together in a Sluggish Economy

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Your college roommates may have been a piece of cake, but the second time around may not go as smoothly for anyone having to share a living quarters.

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 ...

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...

Just Say No: 10 Steps To Better Boundaries

Therese Borchard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

Until recently, "no" was a dirty word to me. As a stage-four people-pleaser, my vocabulary was rich with affirmatives: "sure," "okay," "absolutely," "no problem." But my mouth couldn't seem to form the word "no."

Could You Be a Toxic friend? 5 Sure Signs

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

If you're finding that you're having frequent conflicts, you have to consider whether there's something you are doing or saying that's sabotaging your own friendships.

4 Very Good Reasons to Have Acute Self Awareness

Margaret Ruth | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Margaret Ruth

Those of us who want authentic, healthy relationships have no choice but to know ourselves, so that others may know us as well.

Solving Kashmir

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

If Pakistan and India could declare peace and accept a line through the region as their final national boundaries, it could pay off huge dividends in the fight against terrorists.

How could my friend and colleague undermine me?

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

Dear Irene, I'm an award-winning author with a friendship dilemma. A long time friend told one of my clients that my agent was basically a 'nobody' and that I'm 'just a ghost writer.' Should I confront her?

Create Boundaries at Work

Nicole Williams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nicole Williams

Your ability to create boundaries in the workplace is hands-down one of the most memorable and effective ways to differentiate and express yourself.

Oy, You Should Eat!

Leslie Goldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leslie Goldman

To be Jewish is to have an eating disorder. For some of us, the issue was as blatant and in-your-face as the neighborhood bully.