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Agony Aunt

A general term for an advice columnist for a periodical or media program. "Agony” refers to personal problems and "aunt” refers to a trusted person who offers comfort and advice.
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Fellow agony aunt Virginia Ironside says: "She was a celebrity - a star and a big personality.
That's why we have funded this new guide, which includes 10 top tips from agony aunt Denise Robertson, to give grandparents the information and advice they need to help support their families.
She wrote short stories for the Sunday Mail and the editor loved her work so much, he asked her to be the agony aunt.
Letters sent to the Agony Aunt column in the first half of 2005 were compiled, they were examined using content analysis of qualitative methods, and it was tried to reveal the self-disclosure skills in these letters.
During the last 40 years, the phenomenon of the agony aunt has grown and the way it's delivered has changed to suit the times.
After writing short stories for 15 years, Denise adopted the agony aunt role for which she is famous.
In reply the agony aunt - one of the most experienced and respected in the game - advocated a technique she insisted was widespread within the profession.
I think she will offer a different perspective to other agony aunts.
INSPIRATION: Isabel Wolff (left) researched agony aunts and looked to Virginia Ironside (above) and Irma Kurtz (below) for inspiration for her latest novel Rescuing Rose; ACCLAIMED: The new book from Isabel Wolff
Unlike other print sources used, the Agony Column provides a highly structured set of data, since each Agony letter involves a problem, an Agony Aunt, and a "solution.
Never Kiss A Man In A Canoe is a compendium of advice dispensed during the "golden age" of agony aunts, which began in the mid-19th century.
VIRGIN Ann Widdecombe is about to become a radio agony aunt.