Mean Girls Grown Up
Adult Women Who Are Still Queen Bees, Middle Bees, and Afraid-to-Bees
By Cheryl Dellasega PhD
(Wiley, Paperback, 9780470168752, 256pp.)
Publication Date: September 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Almost every woman has experienced bullying. Whether her role was that of victim, aggressor, or bystander, the pain of relational aggression (female bullying) lasts long after the incident has passed. In Mean Girls Grown Up, Cheryl Dellasega explores why women are often their own worst enemies, offering practical advice for a variety of situations. Drawing upon extensive research and interviews, she shares real-life stories from women as well as the knowledge of experts who have helped women overcome the negative effects of aggression. Readers will hear how adult women can be just as vicious as their younger counterparts, learn strategies for dealing with adult bullies, how to avoid being involved in relational aggression, and more. Dellasega outlines how women can change their behavior successfully by shifting away from aggression and embracing a spirit of cooperation in interactions with others.
Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D., is a professor in the College of Medicine and the Department of Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Forced to Be Family, Surviving Ophelia, Girl Wars, and The Starving Family.
- Discuss relational aggression (RA). Is RA learned or "hard-wired?" Do women differ from men in the ways they express aggression? What motivations typically drive a woman to exhibit RA behavior? Is it possible to completely eliminate RA from your relationships?