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If I say "no" to something it's because I truly am unable to say yes, or to be frank, I simply don't want to say yes.
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I want my seven-year-old to have friends -- at least one, maybe two. But at heart, I'm a realist. He has high-functioning autism. Socially speaking, the odds are stacked against him. Making friends is a concept as foreign and uncomfortable as the wooly sweater knitted by a well-meaning great aunt.
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Many conflicts come from inappropriate expectations in relationships. Ask yourself if you are expecting your friends to act and be just like you. I encourage people to not expect others to be just like them because this is the road to sure and constant disappointment.
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Admit it, you have a friend you probably don't even like. Friendships are all about giving and taking, sharing and caring, but when a friend is only draining you, it might be time for you to take a br...
We can't be Sally Field on Oscar night all the time. We will all be served with harsh criticisms, strange accusations, and cruel comments every once in a while, and it's how we deal with it that really demonstrates the true nature of our character. If you know who you are and strive to be the best person that you can be, you have nothing to worry about.
Friendship has been on my mind a lot lately. My daughter is at an age when she's transitioning through friends. A long-time friendship has fallen by the wayside this summer, while an old one that lay...
For better or worse, real life has a pesky way of interfering with fun. Days you used to spend on friends' couches and on local bar stools are now spent dealing with family and career concerns. And that's not to say that all your time is dedicated to these things.
The worst type of advice my patients describe involves dating; the most egregious being that they should "give the guy another chance." Usually this advice comes after one of my patients has gone on one or two dates with someone who's behaved pretty badly.