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Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Pass!

    BAD GIRLS, BAD GIRLS, why are they so successful at getting a man's attention? Well, this book explains why. Rather, why a psychologist has failed at research into interpersonal relationships and supplanted these studies with conjecture and myth. Topics about relationships should bare more depth and less froth, which is common with entertainment writing. Reducing the nuances of relationships to such a degree is not a show of insight but perhaps ignorance. Anything that people devote themselves to should carry more thoughtfulness; this book shows very little and perhaps shows the writer's inexperience with the topic.
    However, there are some good aspect that merit some mention: Women can feel as though this self-help book exposed their personal toxic tendencies that can sour their relationships and gain a temporarily positive outlook on life; and women can compare themselves to supposed BAD GIRL celebrities or fictional movie characters, whether
    to emulate or scorn. Both of which are common fixtures of the self-help genre by unimaginative writer/psychologists using
    specious reasoning and recycled nonsense born of sensationalism and unconscious greed...A troubled sign of the times.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2011

    Horrible

    This book has been shown to lead to an increase in rape, obesity, murder, STDs, Cancer, flu, fever, chickenpox, smallpox, and dragon raids on villages. I show no evidence and cite no sources on this, but you know it's true, because I'm on Faux News.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Bad Girls is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

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    Somewhat interesting

    Carole Lieberman is internationally known as the "Media Psychiatrist." She not only appears as a psychiatric expert on shows like Oprah and Larry King Live, but her articles have appeared in many major newspapers and magazines across the globe. With this book, Ms. Lieberman offers a study of "Bad Girls." Whether famous, infamous, or simply characters from an author's mind (think Scarlett O'Hara) this expert delves into the reasons why good, solid men change their entire lives sometimes in order to "land" a bad girl. In over one hundred interviews, the point of bad girls and how they were created are covered. They were once, in essence, good girls who wore their hearts on their sleeves and were destroyed in some way by a man - whether boyfriend, father, or husband. Because of pain or heartbreak of some sort, they locked away their hearts and souls in order to treat men as "prey." A bad girl has been hardened by her past and no longer expects to be loved in any way, shape, or form. She also, at times, believes that she deserves better. She deserves the Happily Ever After that, of course, won't happen now that she's been demolished by a male - so she strives for one that will at least involve wealth and getting everything she is completely owed and entitled to. Good men seem to fall for these women. Whether it be because of looks, sex, or simply the urge to protect the damsel in distress, the reasons vary depending on the woman. Twelve categories of women are covered in this book from gold-diggers to the Addict, and each and every category offers background information on what this "type" of woman wants and what she will do to get it. Example being the Gold-Digger. This is a female who is angry and believes she's entitled to the things she never received from her father. This is the Cinderella syndrome that completely attracts the type of man who is desperate to feel power and control as they spread their wealth, buy this woman as much as possible, and know that they have her for life - or for as long as their wallets hold out. At the end of each chapter, there is a list of people (real and imaginary) who are put into these categories (i.e., Anna Nicole Smith is placed in the Gold-Digger's). In addition, there is a Bad Girl test that will allow all women to see whether or not they have it in them to become (or already are) a listing in the various categories. Although the writing is fine, the subject matter certainly isn't a new, breakthrough idea. In fact, I still come across a slight problem when people speak of the bad girls like the husband stealers. Meg Ryan is placed in one of these categories because she went after a single man and dumped her husband of ten years. However, Angelina Jolie is "marked" because she trapped a married man, but the reality of it is a double-standard. Mr. Pitt was the married one and should've followed the rules, yet history will tag Jolie as the bad and disrespectful one in that situation. Sorry...the married one should always be to blame. We are who we are and are attracted to the people we're attracted to - categories really don't matter. Quill says: The "real" stories from men who've come up against these Bad Girls are somewhat interesting, but frankly going for someone like Angelina Jolie isn't exactly a leap, guys. In the end? Bad or good...be yourself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Trashy, misguided book

    I got "Bad Girls" thinking it would be a fun, sexy read, but boy was I wrong. While the book tries to bill itself as a guide for how "good girls" can become more empowered by looking at case studies of bad girls, the fact is that most of the advice here will make you just as predatory and manipulative as the "husband stealers", "gold-diggers" and "married women on the prowl". The only difference is that you'll trick yourself into thinking it's okay because "I'm still a good girl at heart".

    The entire premise of the book is flawed from the start. Real psychiatrists don't look to immoral deviants for insights on how to become a better, more confident individual. It's a bit like trying to get dating tips from stories of rapists or child molesters. These people are flawed to their core. Any attempt to emulate their actions/rationales is going to make you just as deranged as they are.

    What's more, the authenticity of the book's research is pretty questionable as well. The author claims that there's been a recent increase in the number of rapes, but this goes against the widely accepted FBI statistics that show that instances of rape have actually decreased almost every year for the past twenty years. Perhaps Lieberman got her data from somewhere else, but since she refused to provide her references (even when questioned about them in a recent interview) it's impossible to know if she actually did her homework or if she's just making this up as she goes along.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    Secrets of Bad Girls Finally Revealed

    Why do BAD GIRLS get all the good men? Finally, Dr. Carole Lieberman explains this mystery for us good girls. Her book clearly lays it out for both sexes. She divides the BAD GIRLS into 12 categories and explains each. Then she relates stories in which real men tell her why they fell for these women. In the conversations, Dr. Carole injects her analysis which is an eye opener. At the end of each chapter, she lists BAD GIRL celebrities as examples. I also love the famous BAD GIRL quotes sprinkled through out her book. They are so much fun. In the last chapter, she gives us good girls 6 "secret spells" to use on our men-- for angelic purposes of course. Desperate Housewives has nothing on these BAD GIRLS. This book is a delicious read that is also very helpful for both sexes in building and keeping relationships.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Interesting, but should not be taken as a final word on the subject

    The stories emphasized particular types of bad girls. After reading this book you can easily identify these bad girls in your life. It won't however, help you identify those bad girls who are more adept at hiding their true selves.

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    Posted August 17, 2011

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