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Irene S Levine

Can you pause a friendship?

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, I have a group of girlfriends, basically six of us, who've known each other since high school. Anyway, I got very close with th...

Disappearing Acts: Should you think the best or assume the worst?

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, It is hard to know if lengthy silences and withdrawals by friends are because they are trying to dump you or because they are ...

Exploring the Hudson Valley: A visit to Pepsico-Kendall Sculpture Garden in Purchase

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

If you're considering a weekend getaway from Manhattan to enjoy the fall foliage, drive about 45 minutes north into Westchester County and stop at t...

A Conversation with Gail Caldwell: On the loss of a close friend

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

The death of a close friend is extraordinarily painful, made that much more difficult because bereaved friends typically evoke little sympathy and sup...

Her friendship suffers a sudden death

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, I have a friend that I felt was my best friend. She was in my wedding and we were pretty much attached at the hip. She called m...

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 dirty little secret most women don't talk about

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

Despite the romanticized myth of BFF, the hard truth is that most friendships don't last forever. In fact, research suggests that when it comes to fri...

Her friends say they're "just not that into him"

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, Our best friend has been seeing this guy. She's really into him so she wanted us to spend some time together to get to know ...

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...

7 Tips for being an unequivocally B-O-R-I-N-G friend

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

Here are seven simple tips to nip a new friendship in the bud or to sabotage an existing one: 1) Do it her way Abrogate all responsibility for the f...

Deirdre Madden: Relationships With Family Help Shape Our Friendships

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

Deirdre Madden's most recent novel, Molly Fox's Birthday is a beautifully written story that aptly conveys the complexity of a woman's emotional bonds with her family and friends.

6 Tips for Letting Go of a Toxic Friendship---Gently

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

Question: How do you back away from an unhealthy friendship without hurting someone's feelings? Answer: Here are a few tips to help you handle a ...

Ice Cream Worth the Trip: A Ferry Ride to Vieux-Levis, Quebec

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

It's not surprising that many tourists' memories of Quebec are gastronomical. I added another one after visiting Vieux-Levis (Old Levis), a city on th...

Discovering Victoria's Secrets

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

Every cruise has a mix of virgins and veterans but about half of those who sail on Queen Victoria have already cruised on other Cunard ships. Much lik...

5 Tips for Handling a Friend who Talks Too Much

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

Have you ever sat down for lunch with a friend who talks non-stop---without giving you the slightest chance to get a word in edgewise? You begin to fe...

Once Best Friends: Can this friendship survive?

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

QUESTION Hi, I've had the same best friend for more than 20 years. We were so close that we even have matching tattoos. We don't live near each oth...

Friend or Foe: Don't mess with my kid

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, I'm having a difficult time moving on after ending a toxic friendship. I began distancing myself from this friend once I realiz...

Friendship by the Book - Three Wishes: A true story of good friends...

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

Becoming an older mother is never easy---physically or emotionally---especially if there's no logical father-to-be on the horizon. Three Wishes: A Tru...

The Spontaneous Friend

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

About three years ago, writer Rachel Bertsche moved from New York to Chicago with her husband-to-be, leaving behind her friends, her job and a city sh...

Talking about friendship with NYT best-selling author Jane Green

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

New York Times best-selling author Jane Green is a mother of six. Remarkably, she has written a book a year for the past 12 years. Like her other book...

Never a Best Friend?

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, I don't know if this is a strange question or if many other women have the same issue as me. I have a lot of friends that I'm ...

Friendship in a Box: What's going on?

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, I haven't seen anything like this on your blog, so maybe others have the same question. I have a close friend I met about two ...

Should a child be allowed to have a best friend?

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

An article in today's New York Times challenged the notion that children should have best friends. A Best Friend? You Must Be Kidding raised hackles a...

It's hard to say goodbye to a BFF, even if she's a narcissist

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, I met my former BFF on the first day of college almost nine years ago. A year later, I went to a party she was throwing and m...

The Friendships of Humpback Whales

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

After returning from the ocean, the same small groups of female humpback whales meet up each summer to swim alongside each other and feed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.