Psychologists tell us that introverts feel drained by being with others while extroverts are energized by them. It would seem reasonable to conclude from this that some of us need many friends and others just a few. In my experience, this is not true.
Many married women (and married men) insist that having a best friend of the opposite sex is perfectly healthy. In fact, they say that opposite sex friends make better friends because they bring different perspectives to the relationship.
Lisa came into my office a few days ago in tears. "Life's just out of control, that's all" she said. Three days earlier she had experienced a melt down. After working at a local food pantry, she took one child to gymnastics.
Fifty thousand dollars. That's how much I lost in the past three weeks. Three years' savings- gone virtually overnight. That number flashed neon in the front of my brain as I drove to work feeling really quite sorry for myself.