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Men, jobs, children, personal crises, irreconcilable social gaps-these are just a few of the strange and confusing reasons that may cause a female friendship to end. No matter what the circumstances, the breakup of a female friendship leaves a woman devastated and asking herself difficult questions. Was someone to blame? Is the friendship ...

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Overview

For the first time, a guide for women recovering from a breakup with their best friend-an indispensable addition to every woman's library

Men, jobs, children, personal crises, irreconcilable social gaps-these are just a few of the strange and confusing reasons that may cause a female friendship to end. No matter what the circumstances, the breakup of a female friendship leaves a woman devastated and asking herself difficult questions. Was someone to blame? Is the friendship worth fighting for? How can I prevent this from ever happening again?

Psychologist Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., offers this groundbreaking and heroically honest book for abandoned friends seeking solace. Perfect for women of all ages and from all walks of life, Best Friends Forever covers:

Why friendships fall apart Coping with getting dumped How to end a friendship that can't be fixed Moving forward after a traumatizing breakup

Dr. Levine draws from years of research and the personal testimonials of thousands of women to provide anecdotes and solutions to these complicated situations. Full of tools for personal assessment, case stories, and actionable advice for saving, ending, or re-evaluating a relationship, Best Friends Forever is an indispensable addition to every woman's library.

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Levine's first book is a formidable resource for negotiating the ending of women's friendships. The author, a journalist, psychologist and professor at NYU Medical School, affirms that the grief of ending a close friendship can be as potent as that of a dying romantic relationship. But the former rarely garners the same social support as a divorce or romantic breakup. Levine cites studies indicating that women's friendships are more intense than men's, nurtured through shared intimacy and reciprocity. But friendships are not static, she explains—over time, they can wax and wane and end. Levine's seven stages of grief are loosely reminiscent of the Kübler-Ross grief model, but include new elements: “Self Blame,” “Embarrassment and Shame” and “Relief. “Full of hints for being a consistently thoughtful friend, for resuscitating your closest friendship or knowing when to end it, this book is part etiquette guide, part grief manual. Whether your friendship sputtered because of physical distance or your best friend slept with your boyfriend, Levine deftly assures us that although the pain can be strong, the sorrow will pass. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Gender studies expert Barash (Tripping the Prom Queen) explores ten types of female friendships and shows how women get in and out of unhealthy relationships. Most readers will recognize the Leader of the Pack, the Misery Lover, and the Doormat and will be able to see the plusses and minuses of staying in the relationship.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590200407
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., the Huffington Post's "Friendship Doctor," is a psychologist, a journalist, and a professor at New York University School of Medicine. She writes frequently for such publications as The New York Times, Health, Ladies' Home Journal, Reader's Digest, Self, and Better Homes and Gardens, and blogs at thefriendshipblog.com. She lives in New York.
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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    I read this when I needed it. No details, but read the book if i

    I read this when I needed it. No details, but read the book if it's happened to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Good advice book

    Still lost on how to let go of my friend who backstabe me or stay friends but It not that many page in a sample books so I will sure tell my mom to buy me this book cause I have to read more of this book this aurthor give really good advice that I need to know and she speak the truth I would say to anyone who lost on there friendship sample threw this book you be shock and learn a lot p.s reading my life

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    Posted January 23, 2013

    Cvgj

    I miss my bff she got so bosy :( - im 9

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