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By Susan Shapiro Barash | Comments: ( 458 ) | Date: ( Jan 19, 2020 )

A woman can always count on are her friends right But what if those friendships are hurtful, harmful, even toxic Susan Shapiro Barash explores the ten types of female friends and shows you why and how women get stuck with the worst kinds, the ways to get unstuck, and how to recognize a true friend For example The Leader of the Pack it s all on her terms The DoormatA woman can always count on are her friends right But what if those friendships are hurtful, harmful, even toxic Susan Shapiro Barash explores the ten types of female friends and shows you why and how women get stuck with the worst kinds, the ways to get unstuck, and how to recognize a true friend For example The Leader of the Pack it s all on her terms The Doormat and why you re the one paying the price The Misery Lover she wants to feel your pain Really The User and why you seldom see her coming The Trophy Friend and what you gain from each otherProvocative and fascinating, Susan Shapiro Barash looks at the bonds and bondage of female friendships in a new light.


  • Title: Toxic Friends: The Antidote for Women Stuck in Complicated Friendships
  • Author: Susan Shapiro Barash
  • ISBN: 9780312386399
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Susan Shapiro Barash

Susan Shapiro Barash is an established writer of twelve nonfiction women s issue books She teaches gender studies Marymount Manhattan College and is a well recognized gender expert Barash is frequently sought out by newspapers, television shows and radio programs to comment on women s issues and blogs for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today Susan s next book, The Nine Phases of Marriage How to Make It, Break It, Keep It arrives in stores September 18th, 2012 and is available for preorder on and Barnes and Noble.Follow her on Facebook and Twitter for updates and additional writings.



Comments Toxic Friends: The Antidote for Women Stuck in Complicated Friendships

  • Mary

    I confess I didn't read every word of this, but I selectively read most of it--- it wasn't as helpful as other books I've seen on this and related topics. Much more descriptive than prescriptive, which would be helpful if I weren't familiar with descriptive literature on this topic. I felt that there was an implied promise of prescriptive advice in the word "antidote" in the title, and I didn't see it in the book. Which is a shame, because the many women I know caught in toxic friendships could [...]


  • Sahar Sabati

    The premise is simple: you can’t change your friends, but you can change the way you deal with them. A toxic friendship can be dealt with once you understand what is going on and your contribution to it. Once you figure out your part in starting and sustaining it, you will be able to take the steps to improve it or, if it’s hopeless, get out of the relationship knowing that you did what was possible. You would expect women, the mothers and caregivers of our society, to be especially caring a [...]


  • Rachel

    I was interested in checking out Tripping the Prom Queen and found this book instead. I'm at a point in my life where I want to have strong female friends in my life, and I thought this book would shed some light on the characteristics of various types of friends.The pros of this book are that Shapiro Barash outlines the different types of female friends out there: ones that have negative attributes that may be worth keeping, ones with negative attributes that you should ditch, and ones with pos [...]


  • Sara

    I agree with many of the other lower-rated reviews here. This book is all over the place and doesn't seem to have a cohesive whole. It is very odd, as it is really just a string of personal anecdotes taken from many women, alternating with the author's commentary and observations of female characters in popular culture. Ms Shapiro Barash attempts to categorize different friendship styles, but the examples she provides, while somewhat interesting, don't really provide concrete illustrations. I ac [...]


  • Isabelle V

    I always thought toxicity in some of my closest relationships was simply a figment of my imagination. After reading thru some of these chapters, I realized that it wasn't that there was something wrong with me or that I was doing something wrongt the case. There are lures of these kinds of people that in my opinion just have a missing link. I like that now I can better identify and stay away from getting attached to the toxic ones. It's hard to let go of the ones that I had in my life-there were [...]


  • Hawthorn M

    This book didn't really do much in the way of actually helping people solve or get out of toxic relationships. The whole book was seriously just 10 chapters on the author's different 'friend types'. And at least half of the text, if not more, was quotation from the subjects of a social study. There was little to no actual advice, and the book was pretty much useless to me. Not sure what the author was trying to achieve, but it definitely wasn't helpful for someone who has trouble with toxic or u [...]


  • Kate

    This is probably the worst book I've ever read. I flipped through it in one evening because I couldn't bear to read any more "pop culture testimonials" about how characters from Sex in the City or The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood embodied typical friendship groupings. There was only about 5% relevant content per chapter and the rest was just fillerAY AWAY.Alternate suggestion: Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend by Irene S. Levine


  • Sara

    Like most of the reviews here, I did not complete the book. I couldn't finish it. It was dry, descriptive, and little snapshots of what happens in our daily lives. While it is useful and explanatory to some certain, most of the time there is not much substance. It's a shame though because the tittle looks so compelling and I was intrigued at the whole toxicity and friendship, how it affects and drains us. Yet this book falls short of expectations.


  • Danielle Lomanno

    Read this book. Now I can label myself and my friends by what type of friends we are But it says it is an antidote, but this book offers no advice or solutions to solve problems with friends or to fix the type of friend you are. I found this book to be a total waste of time.


  • Thing Two

    It saddens me to think innocent trees gave their lives for this book. Toxic Friends isn't an antidote for women; it's a waste of good words! She uses movies, People magazine, and as sources . next book, please!


  • Camille

    I couldn't even finish it. I couldn't. I didn't find it helpful at all.


  • Jillian

    I found this on the "new" shelf at my library, so I picked it up for my young adult book research. I was surprised by the number of movies that were interwoven in the chapters; but I think it probably helped the target audience relate to each friend category. I was shocked by the percentage of women who didn't want, or know how to be good friendsspite my own experience. Deep down, I've always blamed myself when friendships ended. I reasoned that it was just a bad match, and that they could be go [...]


  • Madeleine Davis

    Have you ever feel like you got a friend that is complicated to hangout with because she has all these rules that you got to follow even though you don't like it because you rather be living your life without following rules from a friend that doesn't like you at all. Hangout with the friend that was always there for you and likes to hangout with you a lot and doesn't have any rules to follow to hangout with her and the person that you hanged out with was a "Toxic Friend." If you are interested [...]


  • Sara

    This book was OK. I identified what type of "friend" I am, but I'm guessing most people will be a combination of a bunch of types of friends. I felt that there was way too much advertising in this book for the author's other books. I also didn't feel like there were many solutions provided; it was just a bunch of stories of people complaining about their friends or sounding a little pathetic about how people walk all over them.


  • Lori

    Okay, but didn't really help w/ the T situation. She is probably too damaged/ill to fit into any "normal" category. I think she would be an authentic friend if she were able. I seem to be an authentic friend/sharer with doormat/sacrificer tendencies.


  • Ashley

    This is a book that discusses women's roles with friendships and how they perceive their friendships as. The first section discusses about truly toxic friends, the second section is about so-so friends, and the last section is healthy friendships.


  • Ashlee

    Interesting, but I got bored and found a different book that was more along the lines of what I wanted on this topic. This book is pretty much only anecdotal, which is fine, just not what I'm looking for on this topic.


  • Divareads

    I couldn't read this all the way through it lacked consistency in its messages. It would have the odd nugget of wisdom here and there but overall lacked any oomph and long term interest from me


  • Rebecca Lau

    It was more a field guide to the types of friends out there. It didn't tell me how to cut them out of my life.


  • Amy

    this is such an awesome book! i highly recommend. it helped me let go of some things i needed to.


  • Elizabeth

    This book was more about categorizing friends and ultimately in a keep or don't keep.


  • Sophie

    At first I didn't think this book was great cause I couldn't relate or find similar situations but it did help me grow up a bit more.


  • Rita Patel

    I found this thru Oprah magazinery interestig read.


  • Kimberly

    lots of interesting anecdotes. I enjoyed this book but wanted more tips and actionable advice to accompany the examples.


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