Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend

Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend

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by Irene S. Levine
     
 

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Written by journalist and psychologist Irene Levine, Ph.D., Best Friends Forever is an uplifting and heroically honest book for abandoned friends seeking solace.

Men, jobs, children, personal crises, irreconcilable social gaps—these are just a few of the strange and confusing reasons which may cause a female friendship to end. No matter the cause, the

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Written by journalist and psychologist Irene Levine, Ph.D., Best Friends Forever is an uplifting and heroically honest book for abandoned friends seeking solace.

Men, jobs, children, personal crises, irreconcilable social gaps—these are just a few of the strange and confusing reasons which may cause a female friendship to end. No matter the cause, 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? Even more upsetting is that women suffering from broken friendships often have no one to confide in; while the loss of a romantic partner garners sympathy among peers, discussing the loss of a platonic friend is often impossible without making other friends jealous or uncomfortable. Written by journalist and psychologist Irene Levine, Ph.D., Best Friends Forever is an uplifting and heroically honest book for abandoned friends seeking solace. Dr. Levine draws from the personal testimonials of thousands of women to provide anecdotes and groundbreaking solutions to these complicated situations. Offering tools for personal assessment, case stories, and actionable advice for saving, ending, or re-evaluating a relationship, Levine shows that breakups are sometimes inevitable. Although the dissolution of female friendships can be difficult, Best Friends Forever teaches women to stop blaming themselves and probing the wounds, and that the sad experience of a broken friendship can make them stronger people, and more able to handle their relationships with wisdom.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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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"This book explores ways women can deal with painful break-up with someone they had hoped would be their "Best Friend Forever." Written by psychologist Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., it is the first self-help guide to consider the complexity and challenges of female friendships, including Why friendships fall apart; How to get over getting dumped; Spotting a Toxic Friendship; How to end a friendship that can't be fixed; Moving forward with new friends."—Funtravels.com

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590203705
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
06/30/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
402,023
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"This book explores ways women can deal with painful break-up with someone they had hoped would be their "Best Friend Forever." Written by psychologist Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., it is the first self-help guide to consider the complexity and challenges of female friendships, including Why friendships fall apart; How to get over getting dumped; Spotting a Toxic Friendship; How to end a friendship that can't be fixed; Moving forward with new friends."—Funtravels.com
Andrea Lavinthal
"Finally, a book that helps you get through the other type of breakup."--(Andrea Lavinthal and Jessica Rozler, authors of Friend or Frenemy?)
Jeffrey Zaslow
"For anyone who has ever had a friend, but especially for those who've ended close relationships, Irene Levine has written a beautiful guide to recovery and healing. It's a book filled with honest reflections and heartfelt advice."--(Jeffrey Zaslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Girls from Ames and co-author of The Last Lecture)

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