Mean Girls Outgrow Bitchy .... Usually
Cooperation works better in the workplace, adulthood
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2011 3:44 AM CST
Run for your lives .. it's the Mean Girls from the 2004 movie.   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Michael Gibson)

(Newser) – Alpha "mean girls" from high school turn into get-along "gamma women" by the time they hit their 20s ... in most cases, according to experts. "Relational aggression" involving catty gossip, public digs and humiliating pranks tends to decline with age, with bullying plummeting in college, observers say. College seniors "outgrow this behavior or at least have the ability to recognize it as juvenile," noted a counselor. Teens love to follow the jaw-dropping antics of high school mean girls, whom one expert compares to "gladiators." But "it's no longer appropriate" in college, notes Liz Fund, author of Supergirls Speak Out. "Most mean girls grow up to be normal," she tells the Washington Post.

The exception to that trend can be found in sororities, which tend to encourage a pecking order among girls. But most eventually learn that cooperation works best in the workplace and adulthood, a perspective nurtured by girls' increasing participation in team sports. One self-described reformed mean girl boasts that her group was always "sassy and snappy." But "you lose some of the cattiness as you get older and more secure," she adds. "Gradually, you're able to put yourself in someone else's shoes."

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pixierose
Feb 18, 2011 12:18 PM CST
i'd like to see where they did their research...i'm in college AND i worked in a nursing home for a year and a half....most of the girls that were mean and hateful and bitchy in high school just get meaner and more hateful and bitchier with age...and the girls that got picked on tend to become bigger bitches than the mean girls...so i'd really like to go to whatever school these people did their research at...
winterfairy
Feb 18, 2011 7:49 AM CST
Women in the USA are taught they are all goddesses and men are just stupid brutes to be used. Its in the schools, the books, on TV and Movies. Its amazing to me so many DON'T turn out to be spoiled princess brats.
winterfairy
Feb 18, 2011 7:46 AM CST
""Relational aggression" . . . tends to decline with age, with bullying plummeting in college, " hahaha bull shit. it never ends, I have seen old women in nursing homes doing that crap.