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The Friendship Doctor

An Author's Love Letter To Selma's Book Group

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 12.09.2011 | Books
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Dear Cousin Sel, It was so much fun chatting with your fourth-Thursday-of the-month book group over the squawk box last week. Every author is thri...

Friends in Unlikely Places: The Ex-Factor

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

Whether it's an ex-girlfriend, ex-wife, or ex-lover, most women would immediately dismiss the possibility of negotiating a real friendship with a living apparition from their partner's past.

New Girl on the Block? Use the Internet to Find Friends

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

When Amanda Blain, now 29, graduated and moved from Toronto to Ottawa, Canada, she began working in a series of male-dominated technical IT careers. A...

Disappearing Acts: When friends are gone after a diagnosis of bipolar disorder

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

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, I am reeling from the awareness that certain friends who meant a great deal to me have abruptly turned their back on me no...

Betrayed by the Office Gossip Girl

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, I took a new job and became friendly with a woman named Gina. Gina told me about her past mistakes and seemed very consumed wit...

From 'Just Friends' to a Workplace Nightmare: What Happened?

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

A little more than a year ago I began a friendship with a female co-worker. We are both married and it never went beyond the friendship stage nor did either or us want it to.

Why Sarah Jessica Parker is Jealous of Carrie Bradshaw

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

I have to admit that each time I watch a re-run of Sex and The City, I'm jealous of Carrie Bradshaw's friendships. The foxy quartet seems to have infinite time and opportunity to sit, talk, and laugh.

The Inside Scoop on Your Introvert Friends

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

Losing friends can be particularly difficult for introverts because we don't surround ourselves with people. We prefer a few intimate friends to lots of less-intense friendships.

5 Reasons Why Women Love 'Men of A Certain Age'

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

A groundbreaking dramedy explores the bonds of late-middle-age male friendships. What women love most about this show is that we finally get a glimpse of male friendships that resemble our own!

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.

Raised by Wolves: Is Having No Friends Her Mother's Fault?

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

As hokey as it sounds, a smile and sincere expression of interest in another person are the first small steps towards making a new friend.

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.

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?

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.