Friendship Norms?

Is it normal to care more about your girl friends than finding a guy? I'm 25, never had a boyfriend, and simply don't care about having one (And no, I'm not a lesbian; I've always been straight).

Social Drinking: How Do You Handle a New Friend Who Drinks Too Much?

About 3 months ago, I made a new girlfriend. She has a personality that is a lot of fun to be with and we've enjoyed shopping and hanging out. The longer we're friends though, the more alcohol is playing a large part in our time spent together.

Aftermath of a Teen Friendship Breakup: Should Bethany Be Forced to Attend the Wedding?

My daughter, Bethany, her older sister, and I were invited to her friend Dawn's sister's wedding. The bride and my older daughter became friendly over the years; Bethany and Dawn, who are now both 14 years old and in high school, were best friends since second grade. They're no longer friends.

Five Ways Friends Help Build Our Self-Confidence

A healthy dose of skepticism and uncertainty about ourselves is a good thing because it helps us make better decisions. No one knows everything or has perfect instincts, and having good friends on whom we can rely for advice helps improve our sense of self-confidence and make better decisions.

Why Am I Having So Much Trouble Making New Friends?

Friendships have become a sore point for me at this juncture in my life. I am in my 30s and have a lovely husband and toddler son. I used to work full time and hence, never really developed any friendships in my neighborhood.

My Sister is Being Controlled by a Possessive Friend

I have three sisters and we are all close. We've never had problems with each other's friends. My younger sister, who is 25, has a possessive, controlling friend who is also her business partner.

My Best Friend: She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

I am having a really hard time with my best friend. This whole relationship started out quite differently. She was attracted to me and fell in love with me at the very beginning. I reciprocated these feelings for a while but ultimately realized we weren't a match, and decided we needed to focus on the friendship because she had, in fact, become my best friend.

Not All Friendships Last Forever: I Lost My Contacts in a NYC Taxi Cab

Last August, lost my cell phone. I left it in a cab in NYC and to make matters worse had not properly backed up my contacts. In an effort to regain some of those contacts, I sent out messages on Facebook. Some people responded and some did not, which made me feel very sad.

Friends Who Squelch Your Dreams

I am a 34-year-old man who had a dream. It sounds silly but it was to make a film. When I told my friends about this (which was in March) they were extremely supportive of the idea, which I found surprising but then...

"I Don't Want to Be Your Friend–But It Has Nothing to Do with You"

Anyone would feel as pained as you do when another person - without any communication or opportunity for input - summarily ends a close friendship with a long shared history.

Did She Cut Off Our Friendship Because I'm Gay?

I am about 30 years old and a friend of 12 years, who was around for all of my major life changes, suddenly cut me off. I thought maybe she figured my wild phase was not a phase, but we all had our phases and they've passed. Then I thought maybe she was convinced I was a creep because I had explored my sexuality in some interesting ways when I came out of the closet.

Should a Friend Compete with You for the Same Job?

I told a friend of 32 years (a woman who I am currently starting to date) about a job that I interviewed for and she tells me that she wants to go for the job because it sounded like the job for her.

Poached: Am I Right to Feel Excluded and Violated by My Friend?

Amanda and Heather took to each other very fast. So fast that it became the three of us whenever something social was happening. I started quickly to feel like the third wheel.

Rich Girl, Poor Girl: Can Their Friendship Survive?

Can women of different social status or socio-economic background sustain a healthy, non-competitive, equal friendship?

My Home Away from Home: Making Friends in Maine

There are challenges in making and keeping friends in two geographical locations simultaneously but they can be overcome if you set your mind to it.

Miffed: My Friend Doesn't Know How to Say "Thank You"

A friend sends a gift to her friend's teenage daughter and receives no acknowledgement. Should she say something?

Gossip: Should My Friend Tell Me Things I Don't Want to Know?

Just because you've heard gossip, doesn't necessarily mean you have to pass it along to its target

My Friend's Husband Came on to Me, Should I Tell Her?

Hi Irene, A few months back, a married man I had known for eight years started verbally putting the moves on me. While I initially brushed it off and/or changed conversation topics in the beginning, his actions intensified via frequent phone calls and cryptic texts (he's a lawyer, and knew where to draw the line).

My Friend Flirts Too Much: Should I Say Something?

I go to a spinning class on Wednesday nights with a really nice and fun friend. I get a little embarrassed because she flirts endlessly with the instructor. Should I say something or let her be?

Undermined at Work by a 'Friend'

Friendships carry risks when they unravel and this is particularly true in the workplace. Yet, we spend so much of our lives at work that it's natural we would develop close friendships there.

Breaking up with a Friend is Never Easy

During World War II, many soldiers received "Dear John" letters from their girlfriends back home, who couldn't wait any longer and didn't want to go into a lengthy explanation about why they had to end their relationships.

Feeling Smothered by a Friend

It seems my divorce has killed my friendship with a good friend -- simply because my life has changed.

Happy Friendship Day, 2011!

Bet you didn't know that today, August 7, is Friendship Day?

My BFF Can't Stand My Boyfriend!

During the four months after my break up with a guy, my best friend was a great support during this horrible time of my life. After the breakup, I found an amazing guy whom I have been dating for 5 months. When my friend first met him, she pointed out he was perfect for me. Now she doesn't like me spending time with him.

Choosing Sides After a Friendship Breakup

I had a very painful falling out with a really close friend several months ago...My struggle is that my boyfriend, who met this ex-friend through me, still wants to be friends with her.

A Teen Asks: How Can I Get My Friendship Back?

It's common that friendships and allegiances shift during the teen years but it's still painful when it happens.

Guest Post: 7 Ways to Cheer Up A Girlfriend

Sometimes we have days that are awful. As bad as it is when we have bad days, it is almost worse when a good friend has a bad day.

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