What to Say When Someone Asks About Your Holiday Plans

Idealized holidays like Christmas have a way of making those with non-traditional families, very small families, or no families feel very sorry for themselves.

How to Handle a Friend Who Pressures You to Buy Stuff

As the holidays approach, friends may lean on you to help achieve their business goals. How can you respond graciously?

A Roommate Asks: Is Living and Working Together Too Much?

A woman living and working with a friend feels guilty about setting boundaries.

Tips for Making Friends When You're Depressed

Admittedly, it’s tough to make friends when you’re feeling depressed. Here are some tips that might help

An Out-of-Sync Friendship

A woman laments the loss of a long-time friend when their circumstances change.

Watching Edie: An Interview With Novelist Camilla Way

Watching Edie, a new novel about friendship, is a psychological thriller.

Depression and Friendship

Depression can affect so many aspects of a person’s life, including their friendships.

Ambivalent About Taking a Trip With Friends

Camping with friends (or taking any other type of trip, for that matter) can be a wonderful bonding experience if you are with the "right" friends under the "right" circumstances.

Are Facebook "Likes" a Barometer of Friendship?

The dark side of social media is when we use it to judge ourselves.

Office Banter Turns to Silence

A woman's close friendship with a male co-worker suddenly becomes a distant one.

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.

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