In the Company of Women: Indirect Aggression Among Women : why We Hurt Each Other and how to Stop

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Penguin, 2003 - Social Science - 337 pages
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In the Company of Women explains how indirect, or "relational," aggression can hurt women and hinder them from achieving success and harmony in their adult lives. Gender studies have shown that when a goal is in sight, men generally use direct action to attain it. Women, on the other hand, have been socialized to express aggressive actions through indirect means-using behavior such as shunning, stigmatizing, and

 

With startling insights into the meaning of our everyday behavior, this book offers straightforward techniques to change conflict among women into cooperation by resolving discords peaceably, building relationships, and making the most of women's unique leadership and communication skills.

 

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Conflict
19
The Golden Triangle Relationships Power and SelfEsteem
21
The Power DeadEven Rule
51
From the XX Files The Origins of WomantoWoman Conflict
68
Lessons from Childhood
84
The Bitch Factor Indirect Aggression
107
Colleagues Finding Powerful Allies and Friends Among Women in the Workplace
129
The Goal Is the Relationship
131
Loosening Power DeadEven Double Binds
156
How to Have Healthy Conflict with Another Woman
187
Handling Conflict with Style
212
How to Be an Effective Female Leader
248
Building a Dream Team
281
A Final Word
306
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Pat Heim, Ph.D., is an internationally known speaker and consultant.  Her Los Angeles firm, Heim & Associates, has been providing services in the areas of leadership, communication, team building, and gender differences to hundreds of organizations, including AT&T, the Los Angeles Times, General Motors, the American Medical Association, and Price Waterhouse.  She has a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado.
Susan Murphy, Ph.D., MBA, is the president of Energy Engineering, Inc. Heim and Murphy speak about workplace gender issues to more than 50,000 individuals each year.

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