Shine Theory

According to Shine Theory, powerful women make the best friends. But does success in life and career get in the way of healthy female friendships? Cristen and Caroline take a closer look at success, jealousy and competition among ladypals.

Episode sources:

"A Cold War Fought by Women."

"Feminine Foes: New Science Explores Female Competition."

"How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy."


"'She's my person': what are the best female friendships on TV?"

"Shine Theory: Why Powerful Women Make the Best Friends."

"Should I Really Befriend Someone Just Because She's Successful?"

"Taylor Swift Had a Surprising Response When She Was Asked What Made Her Successful."

"When the Green-Eyed Monster Strikes: The Best Antidotes to Envy."

"Where are all the female friendships on TV?"

"Why Successful Women Terrify Us."

Academic insights:

"Friendship Jealousy in Young Adolescents: Individual Differences and Links to Sex, Self-Esteem, Aggression, and Social Adjustment." Parker, Jeffrey G. et al. Developmental Psychology. 2005.

"The Evolutionary Psychology of Envy." Hill, Sarah E. and Buss, David M.

Topics in this Podcast: best friends, career, friendship