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Being friends first then dating

Luckily, most friendships have a natural life cycle.

After unsuccessfully trying the usual stop-calling-and-drift method, Martha found a way to extricate herself while allowing the other woman to preserve her dignity.

She acted as if I belonged to her and became resentful when I socialized with other people. When I tried to talk to her about it I got nowhere, so I wrote her an e-mail explaining that I just couldn't be friends with her anymore." Anne was predictably enraged and fired off a response accusing Nancy of being selfish and uncaring.

But even though the exchange was painful, Nancy emerged feeling as if a great weight had been lifted.

I feel guilty, but that's preferable to spending hours listening to Sarah complain.

I've been meaning to tell her how I feel, but I haven't quite worked up the nerve. Then there's Natalie, whom I fell in love with when I was 9.

"It's more responsible to admit that you don't think you can maintain intimacy and not binge than to pretend you can't see her because you've suddenly taken up scuba diving." Although the troublesome twins—envy and jealousy—are at the root of many breakups, they're more difficult to address gracefully.

Ruth, a moderately successful painter, remained silent on the occasion of her friend Carolyn's first solo art show.

She said, "I can't be the friend you want me to be." Sheehy says, "Martha took the burden of inadequacy on herself." It's like a boyfriend telling you, "I can't love you the way you deserve," instead of saying, "I don't love you." Sheehy also recommends explicitly calling it quits if you have what she terms an enabling friendship.