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The 'Frouple' Phenomenon: When Your BFF Is Kinda Your Boyfriend

"We're the same person, different hair," says Greta Gerwig’s character in the movie Frances Ha. The two female protagonists are the kind of pals who live together, sleep next to each other, read and knit as a pair, and can't quite remember who paid for the teapot. In other words, a frouple. The term, a combination of 'friend' and 'couple,' was coined to describe for the totally platonic yet can't-live-without-you type of friendship shared between two straight women (and occasionally, two straight men). Do you know a frouple? Could you be part of one?

Greta Gerwig as Lola and Joel Kinnaman as Luke in 'Lola Versus.'
Greta Gerwig as Lola and Joel Kinnaman as Luke in 'Lola Versus.'
Love Buzz

'Lola Versus' Review: Don't Ditch Your Friends If You Get Dumped

We all have that one friend who went through the breakup she cannot stop talking about. If it was three weeks ago, you get it. It's still raw. If it was three months ago, okay. You figure she and her ex were together for awhile. She thought she'd found The One. Of course it still hurts. But after three months, well, it's time for your friend to shut up already, if you even hang out anymore.

Your BFF Can Be Your Best Stress Defense!
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Your BFF Can Be Your Best Stress Defense!

Stress can be a killer and we are regularly overwhelmed with the newest stress reducer, tips to reduce anxiety and even the hot off the FDA approval line for which meds will help us manage our stress and anxiety. But what if your BFF could be your best natural defense for reducing your stress level?

Do You Have a Short-Term Best Friend?
Experts Blog

Do You Have a Short-Term Best Friend?

By GalTimer Dana Keller Patricia. Galen. Mary. Cheryl. Myra. Barbara. Kathy. All very, very close friends of mine at one period of time in my life or another to whom I never or rarely speak anymore. I have heard the sayings about some friends being friends for a time and others for a lifetime, but I've never been able to reconcile my heart with my head on that one. That I have somehow managed to lose so many close friends over the years has been a source of pain for me for quite some time.

How To Break Up With A Friend
Experts Blog

How To Break Up With A Friend

After years of experience, I've got breaking up with guys down to a science. (A once useful skill which, now that I'm happily married, I hope I'll never have to use again!) But breaking up with friends? That's a lot tougher to do.

Hormones And Harems, The Secrets Of Female Friendships
Experts Blog

Hormones And Harems, The Secrets Of Female Friendships

Why are female bonds so strong? And why are we so upset when they break, some say even more than a romantic breakup? Generally speaking, you can leave two women who've never met in a busy doctor's waiting room and by the time they're called for their appointments, they know each other's life story and have traded phone numbers. Much of this behavior has to do with female brains and hormones. The Female Brain

I'm Devastated! My BFF Broke Up With Me!
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I'm Devastated! My BFF Broke Up With Me!

No more are the days when friends end relationship by telephone or writing a note. Imagine sitting at your computer screen and getting an instant message (IM) from your best friend forever (BFF). This is the person who you have shared secrets, spoke about your dreams and expected to grow old together. Sounds like a spouse?

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Love Buzz

When Love Means Having To Say You're Sorry

It's Kiss & Make Up Day, and nothing kicks that party off like a good old-fashioned apology. It's the crucial get-down of patching things up. It's the spackle to your relationship wall. Whether you've wronged your man, your BFF, your mama or even your grand-mama, here's how you show them you're sorry, as painlessly and effectively as possible.

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Celebrity Love

Elizabeth Hurley And Hugh Grant Are Still BFF

Elizabeth Hurley’s husband, millionaire Indian textile heir Arun Nayar, must be a really confident and secure guy because most men probably wouldn’t be so understanding if their wife went around telling people that her ex was still her "No. 1” man. But, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail that’s exactly what the still sultry British actress said in a recent interview.

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Love Buzz

4 Ideas For Finding Couple Friends

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a happy couple must be in want of another happy couple to be BFFs with for life. Fred and Wilma had their Barney and Betty; Lucy and Ricky had their Ethel and Fred. It seems that for every dynamic couple, there exists an assumed want for a complementary pair of friends, who are also a couple, to bond mutually with.

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Tomfoolery

The Links: Turning A BFF Into A Boyfriend

There are some shows you shouldn't watch while getting it on. A device for oral sex. Making his semen taste like apple pie. Some rom-com heroes are straight up stalkers. You should have ex-sex. Or you shouldn't have ex-sex. Making the BFF to boyfriend leap. Breaking up a happy couple. Sad sack lady bloggers. And A.J. Jacobs did everything his wife said for a whole month.

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Tomfoolery

The Scourge That Is Couples Skating

Couple skating is the willful act of ignoring friends in favor a new relationship. It's something that we all do and should be somewhat ashamed of. Sure, you're way into each other but you've known these friends since way back when and they deserve not to be neglected. Out dating advice is to follow the bro code and keep the love alive for your BFFs.

Relationship Advice
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Relationship Advice: Everyone Is A Little Jealous

Jealousy, that envious devil, screws with even the strongest relationships. Today we give relationship advice and partially refute the advice of Carolyn Hax, Cary Tennis and Margo regarding a boy-crazy BFF, a guy that likes the platonic company of another woman and what to do when he won't admit you're his girlfriend.