Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-3997-5 • Hardback • June 2015 • $45.00 • (£35.00)
978-1-4422-3998-2 • eBook • June 2015 • $42.50 • (£33.00)
Suzanne Degges-White, PhD, LPC, LMHC, NCC, is professor and chair of the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. She is a licensed counselor and her research interests include intimate relationships (including friendship and motherhood). She is the author of Friends Forever: How Girls and Women Forge Lasting Relationships and Mothers and Daughters: Living, Loving, and Learning over a Lifetime. She is a featured blogger on the Psychology Today website and has edited four books on counseling in the community and in schools.
Judy Pochel Van Tieghem has over three decades of experience in reporting, writing, and researching for various publications. She was awarded the Illinois Associated Press Spot News Reporter of the Year honor in 1984 and was a winner of the Kenan Business Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990. She currently resides in the Chicago suburban area, where she works as a freelance reporter.
Part I: Understanding the Need for Social Connection
1: The Need for Community
2: Friendship Patterns from Girlhood through Older Adulthood
Part II:The Rules of Friendship and their Role in Relationships
3: It’s a Matter of Trust
4: Just the Way You Are
5: Any Friend of Hers is a Friend of Mine
6: Being There
7: A Friend in Need
8: Keep the Friendship Favor Balance in Check
9: Defending Your Honor
10: Bring Joy to Your Friends
11: Criticism is Not Okay
12: Jealousy is Not Okay
13: A Rule-by-Rule Guide for Moms
Part III:Toxic Environments outside the Home
14: Soccer Moms and Carpool Queens
15: Church Group and Civic Group Friends
16: Down the Street and On the Job
Part IV: Taking Stock and Cutting Back
17: Playing by the Rules
18: Writing Your Own Rules
19: Taking Stock and Letting Go
This book is intended as a kind of field guide to ‘toxic’ relationships of various kinds, but especially friendships among women. . . .Degges-White is a therapist as well as a professor of counseling. She has had many years of experience helping women who are trying to understand and/or extricate themselves from damaging relationships. Van Tieghem is a professional freelance writer. The authors first lay out why people need relationships and then propose ten ‘cross-cultural’ rules for maintaining healthy adult relationships and ten rules for parents who must help their children successfully navigate their own worlds of friendship. Basing their suggestions and conclusions on ‘shared stories of composite clients’ and other women contacted via a survey, the authors then take readers on a guided tour of familiar environments that are particularly prone to being toxic (e.g., the soccer field). In the last section of the book, the authors offer advice on how to gracefully bail out of a toxic relationship and how to use the rules of relationships to build healthy friendships while keeping one's integrity and sense of self intact. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.
— Choice Reviews
Toxic Friendships: Knowing the Rules and Dealing with the Friends Who Break Them is a comprehensive, detailed and personal guidebook for tackling problematic friendships, helping us learn how to become better friends and just why it's so crucial that we do so.
— Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., www.thefriendshipfix.com
In their enormously helpful and nuanced book, Toxic Friendships, Suzanne Degges-White and Judy Pochel Van Tieghem go way beyond "mean girl" and "frenemy" stereotypes to elucidate the unspoken rules of friendship and lay out how we can effectively manage the inevitable hurt and disappointment that comes with vitally important social connections. The authors' exploration of potentially toxic friendship environments, such as the office and children's athletic teams, further enriches the reader's understanding of friendship's many complications.
— Carlin Flora, author of Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are
As a professional who works with friends and knows the value of friendships to my mental health, I have experienced the pain of mending and ending friendships. I wish I read Toxic Friendships years ago so I could have better navigated these relationships for both my sanity and success. This book is a must read for women regardless of age and stage of life.
— Marcia Reynolds, PsyD, author of Wander Woman and The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs