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Mean Girls at Work: How to Stay Professional When Things Get Personal by Kathi Elster, Katherine Crowley

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CHAPTER 7She Brings Out Your Mean

You may not want to hear this, but we find that almost every woman has someone in her life who brings out her meaner side. It may be the woman who talks incessantly while you’re trying to work, or the woman who asks so many questions that you can’t concentrate, or the drama queen who’s always in a crisis of some kind. No matter what the issue is, this woman’s behavior is so maddening that it elicits an unkind response from even the nicest girl.

Women who bring out your mean are often surprised by the strong negative reactions that erupt around them. They don’t attribute your irritation to something they have done. The coworker who asks so many questions that you snap at her might say, “Boy, you must need a vacation.” ...

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