Virginia Ironside is an agony aunt, columnist and author. She writes the weekly Dilemmas column for The Independent.
29 September 2014 06:08 PM
"The art of making friends is simply a social skill, not something that comes naturally to anyone unless they’ve been brought up in a social environment"
Reader dilemma: My girlfriend broke up with me twice before but says she wants me back - will I get hurt again?
23 September 2014 11:56 AM
"Tell her how hurt you feel when she distances herself from you, and explain that you're frightened of her behaving the same way yet again"
15 September 2014 06:37 PM
"The sad truth is that this boy is gone. He is not hiding underneath, under a sea of madness. He has been transformed completely."
Reader dilemma: Our stepfather's children didn't care about him when he was alive - so do they deserve his money now?
08 September 2014 06:14 PM
"I’ve experienced dilemmas of this kind myself in the past, and been sorely tempted to sneak in, grab the money and run"
01 September 2014 06:05 PM
"So much of the problem with sex is anxiety – men are too anxious to get an erection, women too anxious to have an orgasm"
25 August 2014 05:12 PM
It has always been around the time when the clocks change that I’ve felt either suicidal or very ill
My friend's son went to prison for viewing child sex abuse images, can I trust him around my young daughters?
18 August 2014 06:28 PM
"Rather than risk damaging your friendship, you’re prepared to risk your daughters' safety"
11 August 2014 04:23 PM
"By refusing to offer a crutch and bolstering her own ability to make real choices – you’ll be forcing her to stand on her own two feet"
28 July 2014 05:56 PM
"Faced with such powerful subconscious feelings, there’s little you can do except get the hell out of there"
21 July 2014 05:52 PM
"You will be no more successful bribing a nicotine addict to stop smoking than you will a heroin addict to stop shooting up"
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- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights