Difficult Personalities (Paperback)
A Practical Guide to Managing the Hurtful Behavior of Others (and Maybe Your Own)
Experiment, 9781615190133, 285pp.
Publication Date: January 12, 2010
An indispensable guide to understanding--and living or working with--people whose behavior leaves you frustrated and confused
We all have people in our lives who frustrate, annoy, or hurt us: workplace bullies, those who always claim to be right, or those with anxious or obsessive personalities. And most of us hurt others occasionally, too. Now, authors Dr. Helen McGrath, a clinical psychologist and professor, and Hazel Edwards, a professional writer, offer this highly readable, extremely practical guide to dealing with the difficult personalities we encounter every day--in others, and in ourselves.
Taking the American Psychiatric Association's widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) as its starting point, Difficult Personalities helpfully outlines over a dozen different personality traits and types, detailing their common characteristics and underlying motivations. It also equips readers with numerous strategies for dealing with difficult behavior, including:
- Anger and conflict management
- Optimism and assertion training
- Rational and empathic thinking
- Reexamining your own personality.
Readers will also benefit from sections on making difficult decisions and maintaining romantic relationships. Perfect for anyone who has ever wished that other people came with a handbook, Difficult Personalities illuminates the personality differences that so often serve as barriers to cooperation in the workplace and harmony at home.
Praise For Difficult Personalities: A Practical Guide to Managing the Hurtful Behavior of Others (and Maybe Your Own)…
A no-frills resource that is both easy to understand and highly informative... Whether the problem person is a chronic complainer, a fount of insults, or a perpetual martyr, you are guaranteed to find in-depth analysis, including what they do, why they do it, and strategies to help cope with that person in a positive, healthy way. The authors also have advice for people who recognize bothersome traits in themselves. McGrath and Edwards have avoided scientific jargon and created a handbook people can put to use immediately. There's nothing difficult about this book, except for the subject it gracefully explicates.”
Gets to the heart of the matter and offers a real plan for change and coping.”
Concise, well-organized advice that will help readers identify and deal more effectively with the troublesome people in their lives.”
Albert Bernstein, PhD, author of Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry, Dinosaur Brains: Dealing with All Those Impossible People at Work, and Am I the Only Sane One Working Here?
As a professional in the field of psychology, I’m impressed with Difficult Personalities’ content and useful information. It’s easy to readboth a good reference book and practical for anyone.”
Martha Manning, PhD, author of Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface
"Comprehensive information delivered in a straightforward manner, this book is a must read for those who wish to better understand and deal with the difficult people in their lives."
George K. Simon, Jr., PhD, author of In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People