The psychology of workplace frenemies

An interesting idea for character development when writing fiction….



I am curious about frenemies. Always have been, especially since I watched a Sex and the City episode (season 3, episode 16) where Carrie introduced us to her frenemy.  By the time one is 35, I believe one will have had at least one frenemy. They are everywhere and anywhere. They appear in an instant and disappear, at times, just as quickly.

Here are a few I have managed to identify in the workplace.

The enemy of my enemy. Here in the United States we saw the ultimate frenemy bond when Presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich somewhat got together to counter Trump’s candidacy.  They are still both competing against each other for the ultimate prize but decided not to compete fully against each other.   Truces or arrangements like these occur all the time in the workplace. They are a necessary evil at times.  You don’t feel…

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