In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People / Edition 1

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Whether it's your mate or child who knows how to push your buttons, the coworker who quietly undermines your efforts while professing to be helpful, or the boss who preys on your weaknesses, manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it. Often those they abuse are ignorant of, or only vaguely aware of, what is happening to them.

In Sheep's Clothing casts aside the cloak of secrecy these "wolves" use. Each chapter highlights a specific characteristic using vignettes taken from actual case histories. Then Dr. Simon takes you behind the scenes and between the lines. What on the surface may sound to you like perfectly logical behavior turns out to be cloaked in the most insidious, subtle mantle of manipulation.

In Sheep's Clothing also takes a probing look at the important difference between self-respect and self-esteem -- and, in a profound epilogue -- the ways our society now encourages the wrong kind of aggressive behavior. Read this book and have the wool lifted from your eyes.

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"[After reading In Sheep's Clothing] I am beginning to reclaim my life, find my self-respect and confidence." —-Marc, Virginia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965169608
  • Publisher: A. J. Christopher & Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 0.40 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. George Simon received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University. As a private practitioner and consultant, he specialized in disturbances of personality and character for more than 25 years.

He has appeared on several national radio and television programs, including Fox News Network and CNN, given more than 300 workshops and seminars nationwide, and consulted to numerous businesses, agencies, and organizations seeking his expertise on character disturbance. His book, “In Sheep’s Clothing:  Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People,” regarded by many as the premier book on manipulation, has remained a bestseller for over 17 years, and has enjoyed a five-star rating since it debuted with both and Barnes &  A newly revised and expanded edition was published by Parkhurst Brothers in 2010.

In August 2010, Parkhurst Brothers released Dr. Simon’s second book: “Character Disturbance: The Phenomenon of Our Age.” This groundbreaking book takes an in-depth look at how the modern age of permissiveness and entitlement has fueled an epidemic of responsibility-challenged personalities, provides common sense guidelines for understanding and dealing with impaired characters, and outlines the steps societies must take to promote solid character formation in their citizens. 

In 2013, Abingdon Press released Dr. Simon’s first book written exclusively for the Christian faith community, “The Judas Syndrome.” Only six days after its release, it received its first five-star review on  In this book, Dr. Simon shares his observations about the power of genuine faith to heal and transform.

Until recently, Dr. Simon maintained an active private practice dedicated to assisting individuals develop character. In addition to providing psychotherapy services to persons interested in character development, he specialized in comprehensive personality assessments, mental health professional training, consultations to businesses and organizations, and support services to individuals in relationships with problem characters.  He has posted more than 150 Internet articles, and is on the faculty of several popular international blogs.

Perhaps one of his proudest achievements, Dr. Simon is also the principal composer of “Anthem for the Millennium (America, My Home!).” The song gained popularity when a regional television station paired it with a video montage after the 9-11 attacks, and it has now been performed live to audiences totaling over one million.

More information about Dr. Simon may be found on his blog: or his website:  

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Table of Contents

Part I Understanding Manipulative Personalities
Introduction: Covert-Aggression--the Heart of Manipulation 3
1. Aggressive and Covert-Aggressive Personalities 13
2. The Determination to Win 31
3. The Unbridled Quest for Power 37
4. The Penchant for Deception and Seduction 43
5. Fighting Dirty 47
6. The Impaired Conscience 53
7. Abusive, Manipulative Relationships 59
8. The Manipulative Child 69
Part II Dealing Effectively with Manipulative People
9. Recognizing the Tactics of Manipulation and Control 79
10. Redefining the Terms of Engagement 93
Epilogue: Aggression and Covert-Aggression in a Permissive and Undisciplined Society 113
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Only a very small part of the book may be helpful!

    I think everyone who is considering the purchase of this book already knows they may be having a problem with an individual who is being controlling or manipulative. The potential reader is looking for a way to deal effectively with that person. This entire book sets about exploring the different ways people try to control or manipulate others. It also goes into great depth giving some examples of that behavior and the psyche aspects of the perpetrator. That may be helpful but there is only one small chapter in the book talking to specific action that may be taken by the subject of the controller. Reading the book was a bit drawn out for me because I found myself wading through the detail trying to pull out some specific useful information that would help me deal with my specific circumstance. I am sure there must be better books out there. I was very disppointed especially since the book was well reviewed by others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    Interesting but not great.

    I found this book interesting, but I think the author could have put much more information into this book such as cures for this disorder, recovery outcomes and so on. I did find the information in the book very interesting and did use it for a public speaking topic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2007

    For the courageous ones only!

    What an amazing book! This is one direct, straight as arrow book that helps you face reality and deal with it. I have read other books but George Simon tells it like it is. Only the courageous ones who want to abort a vicious cycle of manipulation and claim their life back will 'handle' such a raw, truthful book! This is reality!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014


    Waste of money a rehash of the same old tired crap. If your wounded or hurt it might make you feel less of a looser. if your looking to understand manipulative people shop elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Great Survival Book!

    This book not only teaches you who the manipulators are but also how to approach. Great read Highly recommend!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

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    A Timeless Must-have

    Whether you are a therapist, teacher, parent or corporate executive, Dr. Simon's 30 years of research into the minds of manipulative people is presented here in a format for professionals and laymen alike. Not only does he clearly explain the types of manipulative characters/personalities, but also gives you steps for recognizing and diffusing the behavior. As a parent and graduate student in counseling, I have gained valuable tools already put into practice. Most importantly, by not allowing my children to use manipulative tactics, I am experiencing a greater sense of self-respect (you will read about this in the book) and a mutually respectful and meaningful relationship with those whom I love the most. A relatively quick but immensely potent read.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Great Book

    The author explains very well the disorder and gives good guidance for the victims.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    Needs detailed solutions on handling manipulative people.

    The book gives you good examples that covers almost every area of the life, but the solution given are too brief, I hope author gives detailed solution in future releases.

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