The Friendship Fix

The Complete Guide to Choosing, Losing, and Keeping Up with Your Friends

By Ph.D. Bonior, Andrea
(St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9780312607319, 240pp.)

Publication Date: April 26, 2011

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Had enough of that bridezilla? Feeling alone in a new city? Dealing with the trauma of the worst breakup ever—with someone you never even made out with?

We’ve heard the path to fulfillment has much to do with relationships. But while it’s often thought that for young women, it's all about finding the right man, real women beg to differ: It's friendships that are at the heart of happiness. Unfortunately, they’re also at the heart of drama, stress, and sometimes not-so-great escapades after that fifth martini. And, technology, from texting to Facebook, has made all friendships more complicated than ever.

At last comes The Friendship Fix, jam-packed with practical ways to improve your life by improving your circle. From dealing with friends-with-benefits to coworkers from the dark side, from feeling alone to being desperate to defriend a few dozen people, Andrea Bonior, Ph.D. helps you make the most of your friendships, whether they be old, new, online, or in person.

 




About the Author

Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and author of the popular weekly mental health column “Baggage Check” in the Washington Post Express. Her expertise has appeared in such places as CNN.com, MSNBC.com, and Good Housekeeping. In addition to maintaining a private psychotherapy practice, Andrea serves on the faculty of Georgetown University. She lives with her family in Maryland.




Praise For The Friendship Fix

"In her debut, Bonior (Psychology/Georgetown Univ.) dispenses smart advice, flush with wit and sarcasm, aimed at women grappling with their relationships. Not only does she embrace and trumpet the importance of friendship, the author also offers relevant ideas and non-silly steps to put yourself out there and start creating new friendships.... An overdone topic taken from clinical to fabulous."--Kirkus Reviews “If you're one of those people who let your friendships fizzle after your twenties--or if you're still clinging for dear life to friendships that no longer serve you--I prescribe The Friendship Fix as the cure for what's keeping you from your true BFF's. Many of us build our families from the friendships we create as young women, but how can we create sustainable, healthy, authentic, lasting connections with the girls who have got our back? Trust Andrea Bonior to help you choose your friends mindfully, prioritize relationships that bring out the best in you, and build the foundation for a lifetime of rich, fulfilling sisterhood. If I'd had just such a guide when I was younger, it might not have taken me until my forties to learn how to be and attract the kind of friend I've always desired.”--Lissa Rankin, MD, author of What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and founder of OwningPink.com “Andrea Bonior has written the definitive guide to satisfying friendships for 20 and 30-somethings. Her advice tunes right in to the newest friendship issues (online and off) in this complex world.”--Florence Isaacs, author of Toxic Friends/True Friends

"Written in a breezy and accessible style, The Friendship Fix is chock full of invaluable advice and wisdom. Dr. Andrea Bonior addresses all the complex friendship dilemmas women are likely to encounter in their 20s and 30s and lays out practical strategies to avoid or resolve them."--Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend 



A clinical psychologist cleanly dissects friendships in a surprisingly entertaining manner.In her debut, Bonior (Psychology/Georgetown Univ.) dispenses smart advice, flush with wit and sarcasm, aimed at women grappling with their relationships. Not only does she embrace and trumpet the importance of friendship, the author also offers relevant ideas and non-silly steps to put yourself out there and start creating new friendships. Bonior covers every type of friendship from childhood to college to adult, and from casual acquaintance to Facebook friend to co-worker. Her book will help readers patiently wade through their BFFs getting married, moving away and/or having children while they're still sitting home alone eating ice cream out of the carton. Girlfriends are reminded when to receive, when to give, when to support and when to shut up. Much of the content, to be sure, is what readers will already have been taught or learned and maybe even tried before, but there's nothing like a gen

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