Toxic Friends

The Antidote for Women Stuck in Complicated Friendships

Susan Shapiro Barash

St. Martin's Griffin

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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.

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TOXIC FRIENDS

ONE The Leader: Ruling the Pack

 - Does this friend feel more powerful to you than other friends?

 - Would you go to extremes to be in her good graces?

 - Do you depend on her plans for your social life?

 - Does she try to control you at times?

 - Have you always been attracted to friends who call the shots?

If so, your friend is a leader, and you are part of her “group.”

“I’m always in charge; I tell everyone when and where and I decide what’s in and what’s

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Susan Shapiro Barash

Susan Shapiro Barash is an established writer of nonfiction women’s issue books.  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 lives in New York City.

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Toxic Friends
The Antidote for Women Stuck in Complicated Friendships
Susan Shapiro Barash

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
September 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312649425
ISBN10: 0312649428
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$14.99

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St. Martin's Press
October 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429984027
ISBN10: 1429984023
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$7.99
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