Difficult Personalities

Difficult Personalities

A Practical Guide to Managing the Hurtful Behavior of Others (and Maybe your Own)

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: New York : Experiment, c2010
ISBN: 9781615190133
1615190139
Branch Call Number: 158.2 M178d 2010
Characteristics: xviii, 285 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Edwards, Hazel

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