The Friendship Fix by Andrea Bonior
By SMW Staff
Feeling like your inner circle’s all moved away? Pulling your hair out over your Bridezilla BFF? Struggling with whether to ‘friend’ or not to ‘friend’ your ex on Facebook? Wondering how to get to know your hilarious coworker better without seeming like a stalker? Still stinging from a friendship breakup? Dr. Bonior’s first book, The Friendship Fix: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Losing, and Keeping Up With Your Friends is just published from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press. Here’s the scoop:
More women than ever before are trekking through their twenties and early thirties not with husbands and children, but instead with their friends by their side, as they navigate jobs, school, dating, and even their Caribbean vacations. But while these friendships take on an ever-increasing importance, they’re often entered into arbitrarily and are riddled with constant drama, stress, and confusion. Adding to the storm is the explosion of social networking websites and instant communication, forces that are dramatically altering our notions of intimacy, privacy, and affection. While it is often assumed that most young women are focused only on finding/keeping/dumping/getting over a man, the new truth is that women’s platonic relationships are often their real sources of joy or pain.
Using anecdotes, clinical research, and humor, THE FRIENDSHIP FIX is a helpful guide to developing strong friendships and dealing with difficult ones, whether they are old, new, online, or in-person, including the following topics:
- How Friends Improve Our Health
- What Kind of Friend Are You / What Kind of Friend is Right For You?
- Friendship in the Era of Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Texting, and Blogging
- Making Friends in the Post-College Era
- Friends & Work
- Being a Better Friend
- How to Deal with Life’s Changes: Wedding, Marriages, and Babies
- Friendships with Exes
- When Friendships Go South
About Andrea Bonior
Andrea Bonior is a licensed clinical psychologist, professor at Georgetown University, and writer. For more than five years, Dr. Bonior has written the twice-weekly mental health column “Baggage Check” for the Washington Post’s Express newspaper, known for its wit and frequent pop culture references. She’s appeared regularly on TV. The Friendship Fix is her first book. For more on Andrea and the Friendship Fix visit her website: www.friendshipfix.com. Twitter: @DrAndreaBonior
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