Staten Island Advance – The Queens of Mean

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September 28, 2010

By Elise G. McIntosh

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – We see it on TV time and time again: Women behaving badly.


It can be aggressive, like the F-bomb-laden screaming match between Danielle Staub and Teresa Giudice during the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" reunion special, in which Bravo exec Andy Cohen had to restrain Teresa from nearly sinking her claws into Danielle (and got himself knocked down in the process).


More often than not, though, it’s passive-aggressive – as countless women on "The Bachelor" and "America’s Next Top Model" have demonstrated, oozing sweetness in front of their competition and talking trash behind their backs.


The catty games seem like they’ve been ripped straight from the movie "Mean Girls" – but instead of high school girls, we’re talking women twice their age…


..So attuned are females to the way relationships work, they know that to hit a woman where it hurts the most you’ve got to aim straight for her heart – a sucker punch she never sees coming.


Unlike men who rely on fists and curse words, women do damage discreetly.


"Rather than engaging in outright criticism, confrontation or competition, women more typically engage in rumors, innuendoes, back-stabbing, exclusion, teasing and other passive-aggressive behaviors," explained Dr. Irene Levine, author of "Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup With Your Best Friend" (Overlook) and "The Friendship Blog."


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