Have a question on about your friendships? The forums are a good place to ask. Not only will you get personalized advice from readers and experts there, you'll be sharing your experience with others. Many people experience the same types of issues with friendship, so by sharing your own story, you'll be answering a question for someone who is dealing with the same thing but is too shy to ask about it.
Also, you might be surprised at how many people have dealt with the same things you have. Isn't it nice to know you're not alone?
Here are some questions we've had recently at the forums.
graphixdesigner asked: "What's going on with my best friend?" She said, "How can someone who claims to love you like a sister, treat you so badly when you have had her back through everything?"
AldenT asked if one of his friendships is a lost cause. He starts by saying, " There's this old friend of mine I met in a very hard time of my life. She helped me to adjust to life on the internet, and I fell in love with her as a result. But I was immature about romance (she already had a boyfriend, but I still cared a lot about her) so we fell out about 7 years ago, after we had a fight and I felt I was just hurting her."
dobidoo talked about the blurred line between friendship and romance, saying, " I guess he wanted more than I did from our friendship, and maybe that's why he worked so hard at making an effort; he would leave me letters and read to me at night, which was lovely. We also shared a passion in books and music. He did get very jealous when I had a boy friend and he was single still. I think he made huge demands on our friendship, which could have proved detrimental to my relationship."
MsCynderella talked about the challenges of meeting new friends over 40. She said, "I have a lot of acquaintances, but I find it extremely difficult to actually develop friendships with them because they are either married, married with children, or single with children and don't have time to socialize and/or they can't relate to me (40+ divorced w/ no children)."
I think many of us can relate to one or more of these questions. Do you have some advice?