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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Orchid Press (June 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981972608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981972602
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Joan Rosenberg, creator of Emotional Mastery™ and Emotional Pilates®, is a highly regarded expert psychologist and master clinician. As a cutting edge psychologist who is known as an innovative thinker, trainer and speaker, Joan has shared her life-changing ideas and models for achieving self confidence, high self esteem, emotional strength, emotional mastery and personal growth in professional and educational seminars (e.g. Brendon Burchard's High Performance Academy, John Assaraf's Brainathon and Master Your Mindset Series, Author101 University), psychotherapy sessions and graduate psychology teaching (currently at Pepperdine University). She is a featured expert in the critically acclaimed documentary film 'I Am' and 'The Hidden Epidemic' and she has been seen on CNN's American Morning show, OWN, and PBS stations nationally, along with other TV and radio media appearances. She serves on John Assaraf's scientific advisory board, has one patent in performance skill development, is a published author (Mean Girls, Meaner Women) and is published in professional books and psychology journals.

She is engaged in writing a second book that describes the "how to" path for achieving confidence and high self-esteem that is ground in concepts from recent discoveries about the brain.

Customer Reviews

It was an eye opening experience for me.
Rebecca B.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and bought this book to assist me with understanding why women oppress one another.
Karen P.
The book is insightful, inspiring and full of valuable content and advice.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Cantrell on March 4, 2010
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Thank God somebody finally wrote an honest book about this. I've suffered terribly at the hands of other women all my life but felt guilty about talking about it because I was a Feminist. I didn't know how to conceptualize what had happened to me and secretly hated other women. Reading it was incredibly healing and I'd recommend it to anyone, woman or man, Feminist or not. Our society sets women up as "purity symbols" and discourages them from acting in ways that tarnish their image. This forces women to manipulate and hide their true feelings. I believe the only way forward for people trying to change the world is to deal honestly with human nature, female and male. The truth about what we end up doing to each other in this society is the first step toward change.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Reagan on September 23, 2009
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As a male, I found this book to be so informative. It not only allows for a better understanding of what the social world of women is like, but also gives a new perspective for anyone, male or female, who has had issues handling interpersonal relationships. A definite must read for anyone interested in gender issues.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca B. on November 29, 2009
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This book is absolutely a must-read for every woman of all ages! This book shed so much light on why women degrade, belittle, compete with and betray each other. It was an eye opening experience for me. The book, at first glance, seems to be a manual on how to deal with other women's devious tactics, but that is not the point of the book at all. Through stories and careful dissection of behaviors, interwoven with societal pressures/contributors, the authors detail what we are doing to ourselves (women vs. women) and how it is perpetuated by societal agendas/customs. This book did more to explain the issues between women than any other book I have ever read. I cannot stress enough how important this book is for EVERY woman to read for herself and to read to her daughter, her cousin, her mother, her sister, her friends...

This book is not about how to survive a demon woman or a group of them, this book is about recognizing what we are doing to each other and why and how to break the cycle. I plan on buying several copies for Christmas gifts in an effort to spread the word to all of the fabulous women in my life (sisters, cousin, friends...) about how we can finally end the hurtful competitiveness and act of maliciousness towards each other (women vs. women).

We finally have no excuse not to recognize how our behavior affects other women...some of the findings are absolutely shocking and quite saddening...but there is hope and we don't have to continue putting on a show for the sake of seeming like the best, the sexiest, the whatever superlative you want to insert here...

Rebecca
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pat G. on January 12, 2011
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This book should be required reading for adolescent girls with the guidance of their mothers or an adult mentor, as well as by women dealing with difficulties with their adult friendships or relationship with co-workers, etc. It truly helped me to understand the 'why'of certain behaviors with a new-found compassion between girls and women in general. It gave me the courage to end an adult friendship in a non-hurtful manner that was not healthy for me. I'd highly recommend this book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marie A. Jenkins on December 17, 2011
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The authors sounded like they had good professional credentials but this was definitely a lightweight work. It was superficial, although it did contain some useful terms and references to other people's work, that you could presumably look up to get a more informative analysis. If you were doubting that adult mean girl bullying exists, this book would no doubt be a revelation. If you already know, then this book is shallow survey full of thumbnail sketches, vignettes and only scattered professional terminology here and there. The book had a definite advice-column feel. Psychology for girly-girl airheads by girly-girl airheads?

Although they describe the phenomenon adequately, there is a lack of professional depth to the subject and something of a girlfriend chat feel. The result is muddled, shallow and doesn't come together.

Honestly, what comes across is that the author(s) has (have) been mean girl bulled and wrote a book to try to work through feelings, as a form of self therapy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spunk! on December 2, 2012
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I ordered this book after reading rave reviews of it on Amazon.com. I thought it would be a rather academic book written in an objective tone and summarizing formal research by the authors. Unfortunatey it was not. The main theme of the text is that
hurtful behavior between women is rooted in self hate. The authors spend many pages citing cultural/societal influences that
demean women and, in their view, contribute to that self hate. I am in my 60's and found these pages to be statements of the obvious -- things any aware, intelligent woman in American society can easily enough discern on her own without a need for this book. I also found the writing to be boring and repetitious in many places. The brain research as of 2009 was contained in a few pages and interesting, but one can get current information online. I cannot recommend this book to anyone frugal. I believe you will find much more professional material in other texts.
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