One of the reasons I started this blog is because there doesn't seem to be enough online information on female bullies, who most likely suffer from malignant narcissism or another personality disorder. However, I know this problem is very widespread.
Most of the really good online forums on abuse, such as LoveFraud Blog and Out of the Fog, focus on male abusers or female abusers in the context of a romantic relationship.
This site is different, because I want to explore why women are so mean to each other. Female friendships can bring us great joy. They can also cause great misery, if a close "friend" happens to turn on us or betray us. (Many of us can speak about this first-hand.)
When this happens, the emotional fallout is devastating. This person is someone we trusted, unfortunately. Where do we go from here? Do we write off female friends altogether, or do we choose our new companions with more care?
One of the experts on female friendships is Dr. Irene Levine, PhD., who has written a book about the myth of having a BFF, or "best friend forever." This is often unrealistic because people continually evolve, she notes. Dr. Levine acknowledges that friendship woes can be very disturbing, because our friends play such an important role in our lives.
Oftentimes, though, women have problems with other women with whom they never shared a close friendship. This could be a supervisor at work, for instance. Female bullying happens out of the workforce as well, as rivalries can crop up in any type of social circle.
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