Friendship: Timing Counts!

My friend and I became friends when his family moved into my neighborhood when we were both kids. My friend was an outcast and very different from other kids at an early age. Parents questioned his sexuality early on and not in a good way. He loved cleaning, girls' things, dressed differently, talked differently, and had feminine mannerisms.

Heartbroken: My Friend Told Me She "Needs Space"

I am struggling with a friend that said she needs "space." I realize she is in a trying time in her life. Her mother is dying of cancer and she's currently finishing up her master's degree. I am trying to give her the space she needs, but at the same time I am totally heartbroken in thinking that maybe she is pulling away from our friendship.

Friendship by the Book: Couples and Their Couple Friendships

Think it's hard to find a true friend? Multiply that complexity times two and try finding a couple with whom you and your partner can mesh pretty seamlessly.

Friendship: The Whole Truth, Nothing But the Truth – What Do You Think?

After recently spending some time away with a close friend, I realize I don't like many aspects of her personality ... I would never want to tell someone I do not want to be friends because I don't think that they are a very nice person ...

Sick of Having To Constantly Bail Out My Friend

I am a 21-year-old female, full-time college student. I have had a very good friend since all the way back to pre-school. These past few years, I have been really questioning our friendship. My friend is also 21 and recently had her third child in the last three years.

Have You Ever Been the Victim of a Pocket-Dial?

I recently listened to my cell phone messages, and unfortunately found a pocket-dialed call that recorded a conversation between two of my closest friends. We had been out together that afternoon but they were traveling home in a car separate from me.

My College Friend Suddenly Cut Off Our Friendship

While I was in college I decided to room with one of my really good friends that I had made at school. Things seemed to go great that year and I felt that we had become really close. However, near the end of that school year she suddenly left for home and refused to take my calls.

8 Sticky Friendship Situations and How to Get Out of Them

It's almost as hard to generalize about friendship problems—as it is to figure out how to solve them. Some situations may sound the same or have certain elements in common but when it comes down to the details, every friendship has a different trajectory based on a unique mix of personalities, circumstances and history.

She's Too Much: A Friend Without Boundaries

I developed a friendship with someone that started out as a physical therapist. Lately she has become extremely clingy and needy. She is constantly texting and if I don't respond quickly she immediately jumps on me asking if something is wrong.

No Social Life in High School: My Part-Time Friends

I'm a senior in high school and have no social life whatsoever. It's not that I have no friends--I have a group of people that I'm really close with in school. We're always together, talking, laughing, whatever. However, come Friday afternoon, that's it. You wouldn't know we even knew each other over the weekend.

Eight Signs a "Friend" Is a Social Climber

Here are some telltale signs of social climbers crowd-sourced by blog posters and "doctored" by me.

How Much Honesty is Integral to Friendship? A Case of More is Less

While everyone wants authentic friendships, it can be challenging to find the right balance between honesty and tact.

Book Review: The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters

In The Magic Room, storyteller Jeffrey Zaslow dazzles readers with a love story for every parent.

Friendship by the Book - "MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend"

You might call Rachel Bertsche a serial dater. But that doesn't quite capture her unique adventure. After relocating to Chicago, bereft of the strong network of friends, colleagues and familial supports she had in New York, the author spent 52 weeks prospecting for girlfriends in her search for a bestie.

Five Simple Ways to Improve Your Friendships in 2012

Here's a refrigerator list of some friendship advice for the New Year.

Is Moving the Best Way to Make New Friends?

I recently moved to San Francisco after graduating college. I have a tough job, but thought that the city would provide for a worthy night life. It has been four months and I haven't made friends with anyone I would like to go out with.

A Friendship Expert Reflects on Friendship and Blogging in 2011

Tis the season for wrap-ups and top ten lists. Friendship expert Dr. Irene S. Levine discusses blogging about friendship and reader's friendship concerns.

It's Tough Making New Friends in High School

I'm a 17-year-old high school girl. Recently, my best friend since fifth grade quit talking to me. We never had a fight and I never thought anything was wrong. Just this week, her and another one of my friends sent me mean and harassing text messages.

From Friend to Frenemy

My friend started going out of her way to spend time with people who had hurt me (one person harassed me online to the point I had to block her on Facebook; another threatened my family and me; and yet another, stood by and laughed while it was happening). When I confronted "S," she replied, "You've already told your side of the story.

When Friendships Get Too Complicated

I'm finding myself in a complicated living situation with a close friend and I'm feeling a little too close to some of these issues to think clearly enough to process it objectively--and could use some perspective.

An Accidental Kiss Between Friends: Can it be forgiven?

Two of my best friends, Charles and Sunny, started dating each other. Sunny went away for about four months, and they broke up just because of how long she would be away. Charles and I accidentally kissed one night when we were very intoxicated.

The Mean Girls in Preschool

Hi, My daughter will be five years old. She is happy, well-mannered, loving, and pretty. She has attended a Montessori school since she was 16 months old and made two friends. The three girls were always together, or talking about each other.

Breaking Up with a Friend Always Hurts, Especially at the Office

Dear Irene, Right now, only we know about it, but it's bound to spread. I am not planning to say anything, but she likely will. Plus, it will eventually become apparent to others that we aren't friends.

My Toddler Doesn't Get Along with Friends: Should I Worry?

I'm the mother of an almost 3-year-old boy. He's an absolute delight when with mum and dad and other adults, but he's very aggressive with other children. When he meets another child, in the street, or in a play situation, he pulls a horrid face and makes growling sounds.

Dumped by My BFF but She Still Wants to Call the Shots

Dear Irene, How do you handle a situation where a very dear friend, who also happens to be your friend from work, wants an extended time out and at the same time insists that I should keep on being friends with her family? She and I have spent less quality time together during the past year, which has led to a lot of misunderstandings and arguments.

My BFF Thinks I Tried to Seduce Her Husband

I'd known my friend and her husband for about twelve years. I had always got along with her husband and we went on a group holiday about three years ago and that's when her husband and I became friendly. We had a lot in common and could laugh and joke about things. I thought we were genuine friends.

Work, Friendship and Kids: What a Toxic Mess...

Hi Irene, I work for a business that represents some former friends. They have a nine-year-old daughter who was a BFF with our nine-year-old daughter. Over the summer, the friends offered to care for our daughter one day a week while I was at work. It all started out almost too well, with tons of energy and generosity.

Dissed by a "Best Friend," Get Even or Work It Out?

Being that a new husband is a good friend -- and should be a best friend -- how do you handle being abandoned at a formal dinner party? Your partner is right next to you, but ignores you for a good 30 minutes talking to another woman whose husband most likely is sitting somewhere at the table too. Should a best friend just ignore you?

Why Am I Such an Insecure Friend?

I am generally insecure when it comes to friends. I am frightened that if I don't co-operate or meet their requirements they will dump me. This was true during my college days- and now I'm married with two kids and still haven't gotten over it.

Can Parents Substitute for Friends?

Over the years my daughter has struggled with social issues and having friends. Like many of the stories I read, our daughter is beautiful, athletic, top grades, straight (no drinking or smoking), good at conversations etc. etc. Yet, her friendships seem to fizzle out.

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