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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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Sami Rahman
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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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“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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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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Leah Sinclair
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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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Leah Sinclair
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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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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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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.

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Lauren Geall
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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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Why the ‘unmaternal’ mother is the last parenting taboo that needs smashing
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Why the ‘unmaternal’ mother is the last parenting taboo that needs smashing

“We’re expected to fall in love with our children at first sight,” says Jessica Rach. “But what happens if it takes a little more time than that?”

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Jessica Anais Rach
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Is it ever OK to get involved in your friends’ relationships?

“I do think it can backfire badly.”

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Lauren Geall
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Miquita Oliver: 'How cooking with my mum over lockdown transformed our relationship'

The broadcaster on cooking, community, and keeping connected during the pandemic