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Strictly a clinical perspective
on 14 May 2006
I keep hoping to find a real book on the effects girls bullying has on girls and also the staggering, lingering scars it leaves on grown women and how it manifests itself throughout a lifetime. But it seems all that's out there is a bunch of clinical texts written by credentialed individuals who haven't got a firsthand clue about what bullying really does to a person, but only a superficial knowledge. This author has spent something like a scant 16 months with a small selection of girls and has apparently based her book around this experience. While this book does offer a few insights into the way girl cliques operate and how girls judge each other, which is horrifying to read, it will not help you all that much if you are an adult seeking to understand why you specifically were bullied as a child or even as an adult. After reading this book I just ended up hating women even more than I did before. As it says in its description, it is more focused on a textbook style approach to handling bullying in schools and discussing with the bullies why they do what they do and trying to amend their behaviour. But given the way the authour says girls behave, I cant see this ever really happening.