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Toxic Friends

The Antidote for Women Stuck in Complicated Friendships

Susan Shapiro Barash


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A woman can always count on are her friends—right? But what if those friendships are hurtful, harmful, even toxic? Susan Shapiro Barash explores the ten types of female friends and shows you why and how women get stuck with the worst kinds, the ways to get "unstuck, and how to recognize a true friend."

For example:

• The Leader of the Pack—it's all on her terms
• The Doormat—and why you're the one paying the price
• The Misery Lover—she wants to feel your pain. Really.
• The User—and why you seldom see her coming
• The Trophy Friend—and what you gain from each other

Provocative and fascinating, Susan Shapiro Barash looks at the bonds (and bondage) of female friendships in a new light.

Praise For Toxic Friends: The Antidote for Women Stuck in Complicated Friendships

"Barash skillfully channels her interviewees' experiences and convinces that these real and raw friendships are the norm: When it comes to the glittering prizes of life, women congregate, even if there are undercurrents of envy, jealousy, and competition in the relationships." —Publishers Weekly

St. Martin's Griffin, 9780312649425, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 14, 2010

About the Author

SUSAN SHAPIRO BARASH is an established writer of nonfiction women’s issue books and has written more than a dozen books, including The Nine Phases of Marriage; Toxic Friends; Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets and Tripping the Prom Queen. She teaches gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College. A well-recognized gender expert, she is frequently sought out by newspapers, televisions shows, and radio programs to comment on women’s issues. She also blogs for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. She lives in New York City.