A Disturbing Encounter With Another Couple

A woman asks how to handle an uncomfortable relationship with someone who happens to be a psychologist.

A Workplace Friendship Turns Sour

It’s nice to forge friendships at work; they can make time at work more enjoyable and some studies suggest they enhance productivity—unless they get derailed.

Dealing with Adult Mean Girls at the Gym

A woman in her 50’s feels sucked into a friendship drama at her gym.

The Difficulty of Ending a Very Long Friendship

Not everyone would be willing to persevere with a controlling friend who is unwilling to respect boundaries.

Struggling With a Downgraded Friendship

Since her friend got involved in a relationship, she feels as if her friendship isn’t a priority anymore.

When a Friend Complains but Doesn't Want Advice

When friends are in turmoil, they may snap at those who offer advice—even good friends.

Making Friends as an Ex-Pat

Adjusting to life as an ex-pat takes some work and tincture of time.

Workplace Friendships: When Your Role Sets You Apart

Office friendships can be especially challenging for people in certain roles in the workplace.

When an Irresponsible Friend Asks for Money

An irresponsible friend is threatened with losing his home and asks a friend to bail him out. Because he’s helped her in the past, what does she owe him?

How To Opt Out of a Friendship

Friendships are voluntary relationships and like romances, they involve a certain degree of “chemistry” between two people. Each person needs to determine whom they want to befriend and be befriended by—which friendships they want to pursue and those they want to pass up on.

When a Friendship Gets Too Complicated

When friends move away from each other, it’s hard to maintain the same relationship they had when they were living close together. Even without that barrier, relationships change over time as two people grow in different directions.

Dumped Without An Explanation: Is There Anything To Do?

A woman feels dumped without explanation by her close friend and wonders how to move on.

Should I Send My Ex-friend a Birthday Card?

My best friend's birthday is approaching and I wanted to know if I should still wish her a happy birthday even though we’re not speaking.

When Friends Take Sides After a Breakup

After a breakup—whether it’s one between friends or lovers—it’s not unusual for friends of the twosome to take sides.

The Problem of Having Only One Friend

Friendships that feel one-sided and unsupportive usually aren't worth the cost.

Why Are This Divorcee's Friendships Eroding?

I recently started a relationship and my boyfriend who just moved in with me. I have never ignored my friends but they have pulled back from me and two even stopped talking to me altogether.

Friendship: Missing The Way Things Were

A young woman from Sweden laments missing old friends from whom she’s drifted apart.

What Can You Do When a Friendship Abruptly Ends?

When a friendship abruptly ends, it can leave you reeling—wondering what happened, what you might have done differently.

When You Lose Friends After a Divorce

Divorce, like other life transitions, can topple relationships.

My Child Was Left Out of the Party

A mom is upset because her daughter is inconsolable about not being invited to a party with her teammates.

On Friendship Day–2014

Sunday August 3, 2014 is Friendship Day. Maybe there is something actionable you can do before the end of the day.

Losing a Job and Losing Your Friends

When someone loses a job, it can make co-workers feel squeamish, even the ones who were your friends.

How Do I Handle a Pushy Friend?

Granted it isn’t easy to make a pushy friend less pushy—and it’s worse when that person is a relative whom you can’t risk alienating.

Friendship: When No Response is a Response

When a friend unceremoniously dumps you without explanation and offers no response, there isn’t much you can do. Friendships are voluntary relationships.

Where Can My Depressed Friend Get Help?

I have a friend (for the past 20 years) who is extremely negative and depressed, impossible to deal with, irrational and who is completely draining me. Any and all suggestions I give to better her situation are repeatedly dismissed.

How to Say NO to a Favor

Another mother keeps expecting me to drive her daughter to gymnastics every day. It's one hour out of my way. Please help me say NO!

How Should a Friend Respond to Bad News?

Recently, my husband and I received some bad news. This was something my "friends" knew about, and had asked me to keep them posted on. Yet, when I emailed these four friends separately about the bad news, two responded and two have not.

My Friend is Draining Me!

My BFF and I have been friends since high school (I am now 26). For most of these years we have been as tight and as happy as you could imagine. However, I feel she has been relying on me too heavily for emotional support and empathy while ignoring any issues I may be going through.

Dealing with a Depressed Friend When You're Depressed

A reader feels like her depressed friend is weighing her down and she can no longer hack it.

On Saying "No" To Save A Friendship

Saying no to friends is never easy but may be necessary to save a friendship.