DEAR ABBY: I have been seeing a wonderful man for seven months and spend every weekend with him. We live 45 miles apart, but it works for us. He has a group of friends, five ladies, that he spends a lot of time with. He dated one of them for a year before he broke it off, but they remain friends. I have met the group and, while they act friendly, I get a proprietary vibe from them. It makes me feel extremely uncomfortable around them and I have told him so. Am I looking for trouble where there isn't any? Should I just ignore the fact that his friends are women? He has men friends, too, but it's the girls he is closer to. -- THREATENED IN ARIZONA
DEAR THREATENED: Some men relate better to women than they do to men -- which may be why your gentleman friend is closer to these women than to his male friends. They may be emitting a "proprietary vibe" because they feel threatened and fear you will steal him away.