You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships

By | October 18, 2018
You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships Author Deborah Tannen
ISBN-10 1101885807
ISBN-13 9781101885802
Year 2017-05-02
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Ballantine Books
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This warm wise exploration of female friendship from the 1 bestselling author of You Just Dont Understand will help women lean into these powerful relationships Best friend old friend good friend bff college roommate neighbor workplace confidante Womens friendships are a lifeline in times of trouble and a support system for daily life A friend can be like a sister daughter mother mentor therapist or confessoror she can be all of these at once Shes seen you at your worst and celebrates you at your best Figuring out what it means to be friends is in the end no less than figuring out how we connect to other people In this illuminating and validating new book 1New York Times bestselling author Deborah Tannen deconstructs the ways women friends talk and how those ways can bring friends closer or pull them apart From casual chatting to intimate confiding from talking about problems to telling what you had for dinner Tannen uncovers the patterns of communication and miscommunication that affect friendships at different points in our lives She shows how even the best of friendswith the best intentionscan say the wrong thing and how words can repair the damage done by words Through Tannens signature insight humor and ability to present pitch perfect real life dialogue readers will see themselves and their friendships on every page The book explains the power of women friends who show empathy give adviceor just listen how women use talk to connect to friendsand to subtly compete how Fear of Being Left Out and Fear of Getting Kicked Out can haunt womens friendships how social media is reshaping communication and relationships Drawing on interviews with eighty women of diverse backgrounds ranging in age from nine to ninety seven Youre the Only One I Can Tell gets to the heart of womens friendshipshow they work or fail how they help or hurt and how we can make them better Advance praise for Youre the Only One I Can Tell Deborah Tannen addresses womens tendency to seek and make bonds the way secrets and talk of personal troubles can act as currency in this process the subtle balance between connection and competition between female friends and much more Her extensive research and writing full of thought provoking questions along with facts are sure to hook readers enticed by her rich topic Booklist Praise for Deborah Tannen Youre Wearing THAT Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation Tannen doesnt just point out the pitfalls of the mother daughter relationship she also provides guidance for changing the conversations San Francisco Chronicle Tannen has a gifted ear for the meaning behind the words She helps us hear what we are really saying The Baltimore Sun The effect of Tannens anecdotes and analysis is to reassure her readers that they are not alone The Wall Street JournalYou Just Dont Understand Women and Men in Conversation Utterly fascinating a classic in the field San Francisco Chronicle Refreshing vivid examples and lively prose The New York Times Book Review Tannen has a marvelous ear for the way real people express themselves and a scientists command of the inner structures of speech and human relationships Los Angeles Times

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