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Dear Viv: No-nonsense advice

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Each Tuesday, The Pool’s resident agony aunt Viv Groskop tackles personal problems, emotional issues and all the nightmares of life both large and small. Viv Groskop gained her agony aunt qualifications at the School of Life, having made a load of mistakes, said a lot of idiotic things, smoked way too many cigarettes (40 a day at one time) and drunk too many glasses of wine, including wine she didn’t even like. She’s had lots of miniature everyday breakdowns where she’s used good friends, self-help books and lots of therapy to get through this occasional pain in the ass we call life.  Now she's here to dispense the tough-love that your friends are too polite to give you. If you have a question for Viv, email dearviv@thepoolltd.com. All submissions will be kept anonymous.

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Each Tuesday, The Pool’s resident agony aunt Viv Groskop tackles personal problems, emotional issues and all the nightmares of life both large and small. Viv Groskop gained her agony aunt qualifications at the School of Life, having made a load of mistakes, said a lot of idiotic things, smoked way too many cigarettes (40 a day at one time) and drunk too many glasses of wine, including wine she didn’t even like. She’s had lots of miniature everyday breakdowns where she’s used good friends, self-help books and lots of therapy to get through this occasional pain in the ass we call life.  Now she's here to dispense the tough-love that your friends are too polite to give you. If you have a question for Viv, email dearviv@thepoolltd.com. All submissions will be kept anonymous.

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Dear Viv: No-nonsense advice

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Each Tuesday, The Pool’s resident agony aunt Viv Groskop tackles personal problems, emotional issues and all the nightmares of life both large and small. Viv Groskop gained her agony aunt qualifications at the School of Life, having made a load of mistakes, said a lot of idiotic things, smoked way too many cigarettes (40 a day at one time) and drunk too many glasses of wine, including wine she didn’t even like. She’s had lots of miniature everyday breakdowns where she’s used good friends, self-help books and lots of therapy to get through this occasional pain in the ass we call life.  Now she's here to dispense the tough-love that your friends are too polite to give you. If you have a question for Viv, email dearviv@thepoolltd.com. All submissions will be kept anonymous.

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Rank #1: Dear Viv: I’m frustrated with my depressed husband

Nov 08 2016
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In this week's podcast, Viv discusses coping with a partner with depression

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Rank #2: Dear Viv: I hate my new job

Nov 20 2018
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On this week’s podcast, Viv discusses what to do when a new job has eroded your confidence

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Rank #3: Dear Viv: Do trial separations actually work?

May 05 2015
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In this week's episode of 'Waving, Not Drowning', The Pool's agony aunt Viv Groskop discusses considering a trial separation, having a post-break-up makeover, and how to ask for a pay rise.

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Rank #4: Dear Viv: Can we ban kids from our wedding?

Jan 23 2018
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On this week's podcast, Viv discusses a teacher in a dilemma, getting over an ex boyfriend, and what to say when you don't want children at your wedding

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Rank #5: Dear Viv: I'm in a bad way after leaving an abusive relationship

Jun 13 2017
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In this week’s podcast, Viv answers a question from a woman who has left a difficult relationship but now doesn’t know how to go on

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Rank #6: Dear Viv: In My Head Special

Aug 25 2015
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In this week's In My Head special, we talk about what it's like when you feel like you're not good enough, how to help a daughter with depression, and what to do when you're anxious but nothing fixes it long term

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Rank #7: Dear Viv: Do I have to spend Christmas with my in-laws?

Dec 15 2015
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In this week's Christmas special, Viv discusses how to choose who to spend Christmas with, being alone at Christmas, buying presents for children and negotiating with separated parents

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Rank #8: Dear Viv: Am I a toxic friend?

Jul 24 2018
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On this week's podcast, Viv discusses what to do when a friend has let your friendship die out.

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Rank #9: Dear Viv: Can I keep my husband and the man I had an affair with?

Sep 18 2018
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On this week's podcast, Viv discusses what to do when you don't want to end an affair

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Rank #10: Dear Viv: Maternity leave is *really* boring

Mar 29 2016
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In this week's podcast, Viv discusses whether to leave a job you hate, finding maternity leave boring, a brother borrowing cash and a sister-in-law who takes advantage

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Rank #11: Dear Viv: My husband's business is ruining our marriage

Oct 30 2018
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On this week’s podcast, Viv discusses what to do when work is getting in the way of your relationship

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Rank #12: Dear Viv: I'm exhausted with the world

May 22 2018
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On this week’s podcast: Viv discusses what to do when life gets too much and you just feel completely overwhelmed

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Rank #13: Dear Viv: will you look after my kids for the summer holidays?

Jul 07 2015
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This week's episode of Waving, Not Drowning, is a parenting special. Viv discusses coping with the school holidays, understanding negative feelings, sending your daughter on holiday with other people, and what happens when your ex meets someone new.

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Rank #14: Dear Viv: How should I behave around a friend who is ill?

Apr 17 2018
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On this week's podcast, Viv discusses younger siblings with questions about sex, how to talk to an old friend with cancer, downgrading a friend with benefits to 'just friends', and taking the leap to live abroad.

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Rank #15: Dear Viv: How can I find my place in a grieving family? With Cariad Lloyd

Jul 03 2018
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To celebrate her 100th episode, Viv invited comedian, actress, writer and podcaster Cariad Lloyd to answer a listener's question with her, about a new boyfriend and his difficult daughter

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Rank #16: Dear Viv: My mother-in-law interferes too much

Jan 26 2016
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In this week's podcast, Viv answers questions about an interfering mother-in-law, a six year old with bad spelling, a wedding proposal, and office life after freelancing.

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Rank #17: Dear Viv: How can I feel excited about the future?

Apr 04 2017
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On this week's podcast, Viv discusses how to cope with being long-term single, what to do when you've lost your faith in men, what to do when your flatmate might be hiding a pregnancy, and how to comfort a friend who's going through a hard time

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Rank #18: Dear Viv: Should I invite my difficult brother to a family dinner?

Dec 27 2017
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In this holiday special, Viv discusses whether or not to invite a difficult brother to a family meal, coping with in-laws without using alcohol, dealing with a sibling fallout and how to eliminate New Year resolution guilt

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Rank #19: Dear Viv: How do I figure out what to do with my life?

Apr 07 2015
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In Episode 4 of Waving, Not Drowning, your Pool agony aunt Viv Groskop discusses following your dreams, toxic friends, and living between two countries.

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Rank #20: Dear Viv: I think my husband and I should break up

Jan 12 2016
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In this week's podcast, Viv answers questions about a mother who's desperate for a boy baby, an office romance gone wrong, being terminally single at nearly 30, and when to end a marriage.

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Rank #1: Dear Viv: I’m frustrated with my depressed husband

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In this week's podcast, Viv discusses coping with a partner with depression

Nov 08 2016
10 mins
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Rank #2: Dear Viv: I hate my new job

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On this week’s podcast, Viv discusses what to do when a new job has eroded your confidence

Nov 20 2018
10 mins
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Rank #3: Dear Viv: Do trial separations actually work?

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In this week's episode of 'Waving, Not Drowning', The Pool's agony aunt Viv Groskop discusses considering a trial separation, having a post-break-up makeover, and how to ask for a pay rise.

May 05 2015
12 mins
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Rank #4: Dear Viv: Can we ban kids from our wedding?

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On this week's podcast, Viv discusses a teacher in a dilemma, getting over an ex boyfriend, and what to say when you don't want children at your wedding

Jan 23 2018
18 mins
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Rank #5: Dear Viv: I'm in a bad way after leaving an abusive relationship

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In this week’s podcast, Viv answers a question from a woman who has left a difficult relationship but now doesn’t know how to go on

Jun 13 2017
10 mins
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Rank #6: Dear Viv: In My Head Special

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In this week's In My Head special, we talk about what it's like when you feel like you're not good enough, how to help a daughter with depression, and what to do when you're anxious but nothing fixes it long term

Aug 25 2015
8 mins
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Rank #7: Dear Viv: Do I have to spend Christmas with my in-laws?

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In this week's Christmas special, Viv discusses how to choose who to spend Christmas with, being alone at Christmas, buying presents for children and negotiating with separated parents

Dec 15 2015
11 mins
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Rank #8: Dear Viv: Am I a toxic friend?

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On this week's podcast, Viv discusses what to do when a friend has let your friendship die out.

Jul 24 2018
7 mins
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Rank #9: Dear Viv: Can I keep my husband and the man I had an affair with?

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On this week's podcast, Viv discusses what to do when you don't want to end an affair

Sep 18 2018
10 mins
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Rank #10: Dear Viv: Maternity leave is *really* boring

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In this week's podcast, Viv discusses whether to leave a job you hate, finding maternity leave boring, a brother borrowing cash and a sister-in-law who takes advantage

Mar 29 2016
12 mins
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Rank #11: Dear Viv: My husband's business is ruining our marriage

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On this week’s podcast, Viv discusses what to do when work is getting in the way of your relationship

Oct 30 2018
7 mins
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Rank #12: Dear Viv: I'm exhausted with the world

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On this week’s podcast: Viv discusses what to do when life gets too much and you just feel completely overwhelmed

May 22 2018
10 mins
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Rank #13: Dear Viv: will you look after my kids for the summer holidays?

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This week's episode of Waving, Not Drowning, is a parenting special. Viv discusses coping with the school holidays, understanding negative feelings, sending your daughter on holiday with other people, and what happens when your ex meets someone new.

Jul 07 2015
14 mins
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Rank #14: Dear Viv: How should I behave around a friend who is ill?

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On this week's podcast, Viv discusses younger siblings with questions about sex, how to talk to an old friend with cancer, downgrading a friend with benefits to 'just friends', and taking the leap to live abroad.

Apr 17 2018
13 mins
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Rank #15: Dear Viv: How can I find my place in a grieving family? With Cariad Lloyd

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To celebrate her 100th episode, Viv invited comedian, actress, writer and podcaster Cariad Lloyd to answer a listener's question with her, about a new boyfriend and his difficult daughter

Jul 03 2018
26 mins
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Rank #16: Dear Viv: My mother-in-law interferes too much

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In this week's podcast, Viv answers questions about an interfering mother-in-law, a six year old with bad spelling, a wedding proposal, and office life after freelancing.

Jan 26 2016
10 mins
Play Now

Rank #17: Dear Viv: How can I feel excited about the future?

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Read more

On this week's podcast, Viv discusses how to cope with being long-term single, what to do when you've lost your faith in men, what to do when your flatmate might be hiding a pregnancy, and how to comfort a friend who's going through a hard time

Apr 04 2017
10 mins
Play Now

Rank #18: Dear Viv: Should I invite my difficult brother to a family dinner?

Podcast cover
Read more

In this holiday special, Viv discusses whether or not to invite a difficult brother to a family meal, coping with in-laws without using alcohol, dealing with a sibling fallout and how to eliminate New Year resolution guilt

Dec 27 2017
19 mins
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Rank #19: Dear Viv: How do I figure out what to do with my life?

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In Episode 4 of Waving, Not Drowning, your Pool agony aunt Viv Groskop discusses following your dreams, toxic friends, and living between two countries.

Apr 07 2015
16 mins
Play Now

Rank #20: Dear Viv: I think my husband and I should break up

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In this week's podcast, Viv answers questions about a mother who's desperate for a boy baby, an office romance gone wrong, being terminally single at nearly 30, and when to end a marriage.

Jan 12 2016
10 mins
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