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The Power of Female Friendship: How Your Circle of Friends Shapes Your Life Paperback – May 27, 2008

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Psychiatrist Dobransky applies the formulaic approach of his first book, The Secret Psychology of How We Fall in Love, to a subject of which he can have no firsthand knowledge: why women need friends for health and happiness. Using the pedestrian prose of his coauthor, Dobransky shares what he calls the secret code of friendship: consistent, mutual, shared positive emotion. The author continues to state the obvious when he says that negative emotion and stress are friendship killers, and he advises his readers to build up their internal self-esteem so that they won't appear needy to others. Dobransky's basic thesis—that women need to make friends in order to belong—is equally simplistic, and a more nuanced version has been expressed elsewhere, such as in Deborah Tannen's You Just Don't Understand, a source that Dobransky refers to but doesn't include in his bibliography. The repetitive and overcomplicated diagrams that appear on almost every page add little to the author's message. (May)
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About the Author

Paul Dobransky, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist, a former associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado, a national speaker, and business consultant. He has appeared on television numerous times and in a wide variety of print publications including USA Today, Marie Claire, and First for Women.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452289432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452289437
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After reading this book, I had such a greater understanding of all of the female relationships in my life! I have worked to improve the type of friend I am to people, and also understood why my friends act in certain ways. Once again, Dr. Paul has encouraged me to take hold of a very important area of my life and make it the best that it can be! Thank you so much!
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A brilliant, original take on how friendships in specific, and relationships in general, work! A wealth of practical information--complex theories explained in layman's terms--for women and men!
And btw, don't listen to the PW review (above). Whoever wrote that petty, sexist tripe is off they're rocker! According to that reviewer, female friendships is "a subject of which he [Dr. Paul] can have no firsthand knowledge". Does that mean that men can have no insight into women? Perhaps that reviewer doesn't think black people should write about white people, or that gay people should write about straight people. How ignorant! Why Amazon even allowed such a so-called professional review written like that is beyond me.
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Very obscure, with technical diagrams that don't make sense in real life. I have good psychology background, and still could not follow his reasoning.
While he has a few good points, they are overridden by his complicated verbiage and simplistic views (from a male perspective!) on female relationships. If you want a good book on this topic, Check out Shasta Nelson's Friendships Don't Just Happen.
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I got this book a gift along with another book from the same author.
They both have pretty much the same information, lot of diagrams and theory how friendships work, but it's mostly a rehash from his other work.
My good friend knows the author so I heard quite a bit about him. It seems very ironic that a guy who has no friends in real life writes a book about friendship.
Don't waste your time on this one.
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Women often spend hours puzzling over relationships with men. I have a feeling that many women will find all their relationships strengthened after reading this book about female friendship. It defines the effect of friendship in simple terms: positive emotion. It also discusses the range of negative emotions that afflict relationships and provides simple guidance for deciding how to handle those tricky emotions that often upend relationships, leaving us wondering what happened. I feel better equipped to handle all relationships after reading this book because it shows me how my supportive friendships with women provide a foundation and attitude for building trust with men, too.
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