Amy Dickenson, advice columnist for Ask Amy

Amy Dickinson

Seven days a week, letter after letter, Amy Dickinson applies an objective eye to reader problems large and small in "ASK AMY: Advice for the real world."

Dickinson succeeds the legendary Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer) as the Chicago Tribune's signature advice columnist. Chicago Tribune editor Gerould Kern said: “Amy understands the personal issues affecting millions of people in their everyday lives and offers grounded advice for healthy, lasting relationships. She’s also a terrific storyteller.” As an advice columnist, Amy uses her talents as a journalist and her personal experiences to answer each question with the care and attention she would devote to her closest friends. Her advice is rooted in honesty and trust, traits she applies to her writing and her life.

Before joining the Chicago Tribune, Dickinson (a distant relative of the poet Emily Dickinson) penned a column on family issues for TIME magazine and had been regularly featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." A weekly column, carried on AOL's News Channels, frequently drew from her experience as a single parent and member of a large, extended family. In addition, she has appeared as a social commentator on CBS' "Sunday Morning."

Dickinson, who grew up on a small dairy farm in New York, currently lives in Chicago with her teenage daughter. A graduate of Georgetown University, Dickinson also has worked as a producer for NBC News and as a freelance writer for publications such as The Washington Post, Esquire and O magazine.

Amy Dickinson Samples

When couples split, who gets each ex?

DEAR AMY: A couple very close to my husband and me split up recently due to repeated infidelity on her part. The husband confides in us and lives nearby. Lately she has asked to take part in family events to which her ex-husband has been invited.

Young relative does a poor job at home repair

DEAR AMY: I am a single middle-aged female. Recently, a young male relative offered to come for a weekend and help with some of my bigger, heavy-duty projects. The process was somewhat disruptive.

Sister's gossip creates rift between siblings

DEAR AMY: I have a sister who has been mentally ill for 44 years, with schizophrenia. When my husband died, I asked my brother to share some of the responsibility for her care. Now that he's helping out he has more contact with our sister.

How do you know it's time to leave an abusive relationship?

DEAR AMY: I need advice, real bad. My boyfriend and I have been together for two years. He doesn't show me that he loves me anymore. I am extremely attached to his family, so it's like losing them too.

Not for kids: Childhood sex takes hefty toll

DEAR AMY: I am a 40-year-old woman with a brother two years younger. We were raised in a house that had a lot of pornography exposure. At the age of 10 and 12 my brother and I started behaving sexually with each other.

Repairing this home calls for stealthy DIY

DEAR AMY: I have been married to a great guy for over 40 years. I have dealt with an issue all our married life and I would like some advice on how to "let it go." In a house there are always things to fix.

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