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Tripping the Prom Queen is a groundbreaking investigation into the dark secret of female friendship: rivalry.

Susan Shapiro Barash has exploded the myth that women help one another, are supportive of one another, and want each other to succeed. Based on interviews with women across a broad social spectrum, she has discovered that the competition between women is more vicious precisely because it is covert. She tells us:

* Why women can't and won't admit to rivalry.

* How women are trained from an early age to compete with one another.

* In which areas women most heatedly compete.

* How rivalry is different among women than among men.

* The differences between competition, envy, and jealousy.

* When competition is healthy and when it isn't.

* Why women find it irresistible to "trip the prom queen."

* Useful strategies to stop the competition and forge a new kind of relationship with other women.

Whether you've tripped the prom queen or been tripped yourself, you will discover an engrossing exploration of this female phenomenon, as well as a beacon of hope for better, more fulfilling relationships.

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