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In the Media – Mean girls in the retirement home?

Published: January 17, 2015 | Last Updated: January 17, 2015 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
In the NY Times

In the NY Times

In this provocative essay in the Sunday New York Times Sunday Magazine, novelist Jennifer Weiner writes about her 97-year-old grandmother’s experiences with mean girls in a retirement home.

Read the article in the New York Times Magazine (January 17, 2015).

Perhaps, with increased self-awareness, we can be kinder to other women at every stage of life.

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  1. Lauren says:

    Isn’t it a sad reality of life that there are “mean girls” of every possible age! I guess that some people have always been mean and horrible…age doesn’t improve them. I used to think that I could appeal to their “better nature”, but I soon found out that this was an act of futility, and it was just best to avoid them, or at least, try to minimize contact. Thanks for sharing this interesting information in this article.

    • Lovey says:

      I agree with you 100% Lauren. I have often wondered what makes these “mean girls” so darn popular sometimes. Maybe people are afraid not go along, lest they become the one excluded or picked on. Avoiding them and their bad energy when possible is good advice.

      • Lauren says:

        Hi Lovey,

        Yes, I also have wondered what makes these “mean girls” so popular; at School, college/university and in the workplace–they are everywhere-even in retirement homes!

        I wonder if it is the dominant/submissive factor at work here. The “mean girl” is the dominant one, and the less dominant ones form an alliance with the dominant bully/mean girl as they see that this appears to offer some protection from being excluded or picked on. Yuck…what a price to pay!

        I stick to my theory and practice of avoiding them, or if I can’t totally avoid them (work etc), then I try to totally minimize my contact with them ( and their cohorts).

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