Category Archives: Conflicts with Friends

Empathy: The #1 Misunderstanding

We all know how important empathy–the ability to understand and share the feelings of another–is to a friendship, but sometimes it’s easier said than done! Do you ever hear a friends complain about her finances and think, “I’d give anything … Continue reading

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Help! I Have Too Many Friends

Dear Shasta, I’m completely overwhelmed when I look at my schedule. Most of my scheduled events, in and of themselves, aren’t things I would typically dread: coffee with a possible client, a call with someone who wants some advice, dinner … Continue reading

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How Important are Shared Political Views to Friendship?

“I can only get along with people who have a similar worldview as I have,” I’ve heard a thousand times. Or other variations have included statements similar to “I could never be friends with someone who votes for ________.” Because … Continue reading

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How to Say “Not Interested” Nicely?

I’m often asked “What do I do if someone wants more of a friendship with me than I want with them?” Or, “How can I tell someone, without hurting their feelings, that I’m not interested in spending more time with … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Not Let Politics Ruin Our Friendships

I saw on the news last night that the American Psychological Association says that “fully half of Americans say that the election has been a very, or somewhat significant, source of stress” for us.  In fact, a new term has … Continue reading

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