Thank You for Being Such a Pain: Spiritual Guidance for Dealing with Difficult People

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Thank You for Being Such a Pain is a spiritual self-help book for dealing with difficult co-workers, neighbors, and family members. Its insights, anecdotes, and guidelines will help you to overcome the distractions and energy drain, the minor annoyances and major distress that difficult people can cause. Based on the author's popular workshops, the book includes many instructive, practical, and spiritual exercises for doing inner work, enabling you to transform your difficult encounters and relationships into ...
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Thank You for Being Such a Pain is a spiritual self-help book for dealing with difficult co-workers, neighbors, and family members. Its insights, anecdotes, and guidelines will help you to overcome the distractions and energy drain, the minor annoyances and major distress that difficult people can cause. Based on the author's popular workshops, the book includes many instructive, practical, and spiritual exercises for doing inner work, enabling you to transform your difficult encounters and relationships into surprising and powerful sources of spiritual growth. Mark Rosen shows readers how to go beyond just trying to cope with difficult people. His evocative and penetrating perspectives lead you to the deeper meanings that underlie your encounters, based on four basic premises: (1) life's seemingly random encounters are not so random; (2) pain and suffering are just as important for personal growth as love and joy; (3) learning how to transform enmity is one of life's most important lessons; and (4) healing relationship problems requires one to pay attention to the ongoing spiritual lessons that life presents. From explaining why people are difficult and how your own personality causes you to view others that way, Rosen gently leads you to a deeper understanding of the spiritual forces at work in your life. Each chapter contains a section called "Explorations," composed of engaging exercises to strengthen inner knowing and change the nature of the troublesome relationship.
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It may seem impossible, or even undesirable, to generate a feeling of gratitude toward the people who make our lives miserable, but management consultant Rosen makes a convincing case for using the difficulties they engender as "one of our most important life lessons." He draws on Eastern and Jewish mystical doctrines that teach that "life is like a school" and "conflicts that seem to be chance occurrences are actually orchestrated for our spiritual development." Difficult individuals, whether they be relatives, bosses, co-workers, neighbors or clerks, can be seen as "teachers" delivering "a divine kick in the spiritual butt." What's more, Rosen states, "the Universe delivers unto us the ideal foe, a person whose characteristics exactly correspond to the places within us that need learning and healing." If we don't learn the lessons they bring, similar problems will perpetually resurface until we do. In a clear, conversational tone, Rosen covers seemingly every possible reason, response, interpretation and lesson that can be attached to unpleasant relationships. They can serve as mirrors, wake-up calls or chances to stand up for ourselves or to become more forgiving. They can help us develop "latent qualities," rectify the past or prepare for the future. With quotes, summaries and exercises throughout this thoughtful book, Rosen thoroughly explores new ways to view personal conflicts and to use them for healing. (Mar.)
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"This book will change your life. Rosen shows you how to perform a miracle and live so that difficult people stop weakening you and start making you stronger, better, and happier."
—Charles Foster, Ph.D., Psychotherapist and Author of There's Something I Have to Tell You
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609600993
  • Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/3/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark I. Rosen, Ph.D., has been a teacher, management consultant, and workshop leader since 1980. He currently specializes in interpersonal conflict and communication. Rosen received his Ph.D. in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an adjunct professor at Bentley College in the Boston area. Recently, he has been studying Jewish approaches to healing and served as the program director for the Jewish Healing Center of New England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    interesting twist on the world

    I was amazed with the authors views in relation to difficult people and found them refreshing. I increased my bag of tricks for dealing with what seems to be an ever increasing number of 'difficult people'. The book allows you to take the ideas you like and use them and to disregard those that seem inappropriate. I would recommend this to people that would like to fine tune their people skills. This philosophy requires a secure person who trully wants to work on themselves in order to master human communication. I am a work in progress.

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