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.

When a Friendship Breakup Spills over to Family

Two friends split and the tension spills over to their husbands and children

An Inconvenient Truth: She's Made You a Second-Tier Friend

The problem is that my friend only acts like my BFF when she has no one else.

The Friendship Phase-Out

When friends are always busy and never initiate contact, they may be trying to step back from the friendship.

Do Mean Girls Ever Grow Up?

The "mean girl" mother was in the PTA and prevented me from being a room mother and even lost some of my son's paper work for school. Her husband runs youth sports. This spring, her husband "lost" my youngest son's paperwork for summer baseball tryouts so he never got to try out for the "A" team.

What Should I Say to a Friend with Body Odor?

I have a friend who has really let herself go. She hasn't had a job in over a year and doesn't leave her house that much. When she does, she smells so badly that more than five people have said something to me.

Coming to Terms With an Imperfect Mother

My mom and I have had a very complicated relationship. Even before my parents had an awful divorce 14 years ago (and they still can't attend any events together), we butted heads. I have a hard time talking to her; she constantly talks about the past and in the last two years has begun alienating my younger sister.

Life as a Widow: How Can I Attend My Son's Wedding Alone?

I am a 60-year-old widow; my husband passed away in 2006. My son and his partner are getting married in three months. They've paid my airfare so I can be at the wedding but because it's so expensive, no one else from my family can attend and I'll be there alone

The Flip Side of TMI: TMQ or Too Many Questions

Question: I have a friend who constantly asks where I'm going, what I'm doing, and who I'm with. She is a great friend otherwise, but I feel like I'm being interrogated!

Dealing With Adult Bullies

I cannot believe I am dealing with a female, adult, bully at age 42---but here I am. She is a neighbor who lives behind my house.

When a Sister-In-Law Becomes a Frenemy

You married your husband and not his sister; sometimes relationships with a boyfriend or spouse's siblings can be tough to negotiate. It sounds like your sister-in-law may be very protective of her brother and jealous of his relationship with you

Worrying About a Friend Who is Depressed

I have a very best friend who has been feeling really down and depressed. He stopped going to treatment.

When bipolar disorder creates distance between friends

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in June of 2009. In hindsight, I could see behaviors on my part that were less than desirable. It's embarrassing and uncomfortable to suddenly have insight into one's own undesirable behavior...

When a friend is unreliable

Some people are nice to be around -- but unreliable and hard to corral into getting together.

Do Only Children Have More Problems Making Friends? An Interview with PT Blogger Susan Newman

When I learned that my colleague, psychologist Dr. Susan Newman had just written a new book entitled, "The Case for the Only Child," I prevailed upon Susan to share what she had found out in reviewing the research on only children.

How do I handle a messy friend breakup?

A few months ago, I had a horrible falling out with my closest friend of 15 years. She had been such a solid fixture in my life for so long that I'm feeling rather unmoored. It was - up to this point - a really wonderful friendship.

A Friendship that Is Too Close for Comfort?

What I noticed throughout our friendship was that (for some reason, and I believe this is my problem) I always felt as though I cared about him, liked him, and thought about him much more than he did about me. I felt like it was an unbalanced friendship; I mean, I've already told myself that I could even die for him.

Helping teens set boundaries with needy friends

My 15-year-old daughter is in a tricky situation. Her friend has just lost her dad, but my daughter is feeling overwhelmed by this friend's neediness. The problem is that my daughter felt somewhat suffocated by this friendship before the loss!

Depression, loneliness and friendship

Sometimes I get tired of it all and figure I just don't want to be here anymore if it means being lonely and in pain but that I have to keep fighting. I have fought so hard and for so long Irene for a better future but my health always seems to set me back.

Five Signs a Friendship Is Headed South

In my survey of more than 1500 women for my book, Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend, respondents repeatedly mentioned the same subtle (or not too subtle) signs that suggest a friendship may be in trouble. These include:

Trouble Making Close Friends?

I have only had one (true) female friend in my life. She has been my childhood friend since I was ten and we've been friends ever since. I grew up in Lebanon and then moved to the US to attend college there.