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Why being betrayed hurts so much, no matter what stage of friendship you’re in
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“We only knew each other for two weeks, so why did it hurt so much when my friend betrayed me?”

Ending a friendship is painful, no matter how long it’s lasted.

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Amy Beecham
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Ask Billie
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Ask Billie: “Should I break up with my best friend of 15 years?”

Stylist’s Billie Bhatia on when it’s time to call it quits on a friendship.

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Ask Billie
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“How can I make new friends when it feels like everyone already has their groups?”

Advice on how to enter a new friendship group when you feel like it’s already too late.

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Billie Bhatia
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Ask Billie
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“I’m 30 with a good career and lots of friends. So why do I feel the pressure to settle down?"

Once our friends begin laying down roots, we may think we have to follow suit — but why?

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Billie Bhatia
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Friendship break-ups: 6 signs your relationship is fizzling out
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These are the 6 subtle signs your friendship is fizzling out

As our circumstances change, so do our friends. A clinical psychologist explains why.

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Amy Beecham
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How Other’s Day is helping people who find Mother’s Day difficult

“No one prepares you for how traumatic and lonely this time of year is.”

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Alex Sims
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“Confidantes and role models”: why our aunties are so important

It’s time to celebrate the often overlooked role of the auntie.

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Sami Rahman
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“How a ‘friendship triangle’ become the best relationship in my life”

“It’s reassuring knowing that when one of us is going through rough times, two people have the other one’s back.”

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Lucy Fry
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Can ‘speed-friending’ help me make more friends after lockdown?

Stylist tries out 3 speed-friending events to find out if they really work.

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Jessica Cullen
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Leah Sinclair
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What it’s like to make friends as an adult on social media

“Just like dating, there are so many people at your disposal online and you have nothing to lose by meeting someone for a quick coffee and conversation.”

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What is ‘dry socialising’? Meet the women ditching alcohol to save their friendships

What happens when alcohol starts to creep into our friendships?

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Lola Christina Alao
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Is it normal to miss old friends this much or am I too emotionally attached?
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“Is it normal to miss old friends this much or am I too emotionally attached?”

Psychologists explain why we still reminisce about old former friends.

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Bec Oakes
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Why we still need to watch out for trauma dumping in families, even at Christmas

If you’re the family member always charged with keeping the peace, read this.

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Amy Beecham
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What it’s like to be betrayed by your best friend

“It’s just scary to think you can have someone like that who’s close to you.”

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Leah Sinclair
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This is when it’s time to break up with a friend (and what to do about it)

Managing our friendships is an important form of self-care.

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Alex Sims
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Friend detoxes: should you be decluttering the old friendships in your life?
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Want to ‘declutter’ your friendships? Here’s how to go about it

Would you brave a “friend cleanse”?

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Amy Beecham
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Lauren Geall
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How to be honest with your friends when they ask how you’re doing

Opening up can feel scary, but it’s also incredibly important.

The psychology of friendship: “I spent a week telling my friends I loved them and this is what they said back”
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“I spent a week telling my friends I loved them and here’s what they said back”

“Friendships can be as deep as being in love.”

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Amy Beecham
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