4 Ways to Handle Arguments at Work: Advice for the Boss

Is "conflict resolution" an oxymoron? How does a true leader best handle conflict at work?The world tells us that people in positions of leadership must facilitate "conflict resolution" within their communities; this leads to the kinds of successes we've seen throughout the world (insert bitter laughter here)....more

Is "scary woman" redundant?

With Halloween trying to sneak up on us, it's time to look without fear at the differences between what makes men scary and what makes women scary....more

Using Reality TV To Reveal Your Personality

I've been fascinated by personality tests ever since I abandoned those quizzes where you try to find out the shape of your face. At this point in my life I don't care what shape my face is. Or what shape my whole head is for that matter. What am I, a professor of geometry?...more

I'm on the radio!

I talk trashy television on the Faith Middleton show! Join the conversation!Your Shameless Friend,Ginawww.ginabarreca.comTwitter @TheGinaBarreca...more

If You're Wearing Houndstooth, You've Been Had

It's time to look at this fall's hot new fashions. I heard you've been feeling good about yourself and it's time to take you down a notch.Have you seen any of these clothes? We are told  that "houndstooth is the new black." How many of you want to wear a skin-tight, fitted houndstooth suit? Nobody? Is that because you're afraid you would look like William Shatner playing a golf pro from an obscure foreign country visiting America to pick up tips?...more

Unlearning The Kindergarten Lessons Of Life

Like almost every other woman I know, many of the lessons I've had to unlearn in life I first learned in kindergarten.For example, I've had to break the habit of having cookies and a nap at 3 in the afternoon.That's because as an adult I developed this fetish about wanting to hold a steady job and not take up so much physical space I need to be hauled around by a winch.Lying down every day after a heavy sugar and carb intake can undermine a girl's ambitions as well as her ability to enter a room without turning sideways and breathing in....more

6 Tips on How to Be a Smart and Successful Graduate Student

You might think it's too easy but it isn't: pretty much everything I’ve ever said to my graduate students—at least in terms of what they need to know to help them write their dissertation—can be summed up by the following points:...more

Do You Look Fat in That? Why Do You Care?

I wanted to buy a T-shirt saying “Does this T-shirt make me look fat?” except it was too small.It was my most recent low self-esteem shopping moment. Women have a lot of low self-esteem shopping moments thrust upon them by smart-alecky store mirrors and inner-demons....more

The Rules Girls Are Back -- and More Annoying Than Ever

The Rules Girls are back--and more annoying than ever, at least as far as their remarks ...more

His fantasy life was more important than her professional life.

Last week I saw a girl wearing a yellow dress so tight it should have been made out of "caution" tape. I might well have been one of the few middle-aged heterosexual women looking at her and thinking "God bless America." The glazed-eyed lingering glances of admiring men indicated that they were also giving thanks but probably for different reasons.For the rest, follow the link to the Hartford Courant! ...more