Toxic Friends, True Friends: How Your Friends Can Make or Break Your Health, Happiness, Family, and Career

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Friendships are one of life's greatest blessings, offering us comfort, support, and love. But what happens when a friendship hurts rather than enhances our lives? Why do some friendships go so right, while others go wrong? In this illuminating book, relationship expert Florence Isaacs explores the complex bonds of friendship and the many issues that can make or break them, everything from the ideals of love, loyalty, and affection to darker feelings of competition, neediness, and envy -- as well as our own ...
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Friendships are one of life's greatest blessings, offering us comfort, support, and love. But what happens when a friendship hurts rather than enhances our lives? Why do some friendships go so right, while others go wrong? In this illuminating book, relationship expert Florence Isaacs explores the complex bonds of friendship and the many issues that can make or break them, everything from the ideals of love, loyalty, and affection to darker feelings of competition, neediness, and envy -- as well as our own refusal to see draining relationships for what they really are. Using expert insights, instructive anecdotes, and eye-opening quizzes, Isaacs reveals what makes a friend either true or toxic, and how to tell the difference. As warm, honest, and affirming as any true friend, this book will help you say goodbye to toxic friendships and start building meaningful connections that will enrich your life at every stage.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780806524511
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

What You Must Know Before You Read This Book xiii
Chapter 1 The Realities of Friendship: What's Healthy, What's Not 1
Chapter 2 Friends on the Job: Will It Ever Work? 21
Chapter 3 Friends Who Boost Your Marriage: What Nobody Ever Told You 47
Chapter 4 Separation/Divorce: Will Your Friends Deliver--or Desert You? 68
Chapter 5 Friends Can Make You a Better Mom (Most of the Time) 91
Chapter 6 Friends and the Single Life: Uppers and Downers--Why You Must Know the Difference 115
Chapter 7 Making Family Your Friends, If You Can: The In-law Dilemma (Siblings, Too) 134
Chapter 8 Friends On-line: Opportunity or Narcotic? 156
Chapter 9 Live Longer, Thanks to Friends (But Beware of Those Who Aren't Therapeutic) 176
Chapter 10 How Friends Can Make or Break Retirement--and Life Beyond 193
Chapter 11 Friendship Lessons 211
Notes 235
Resources 243
Index 245
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