The Manipulative Man: Identify His Behavior, Counter the Abuse, Regain Control

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Conventional wisdom says that women are the manipulative ones - but tell that to the thousands of desperate women suffering at the hands of a manipulative man. Men can be just as sneaky, passive-aggressive, needy, underhanded, whiny, guilt-inducing, and emotionally demanding as women are accused of being - and more so!

As any woman in love with a manipulative man can tell you, it's not easy to get past his charm and your guilt to a place where you can see your relationship for ...

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Overview

Conventional wisdom says that women are the manipulative ones - but tell that to the thousands of desperate women suffering at the hands of a manipulative man. Men can be just as sneaky, passive-aggressive, needy, underhanded, whiny, guilt-inducing, and emotionally demanding as women are accused of being - and more so!

As any woman in love with a manipulative man can tell you, it's not easy to get past his charm and your guilt to a place where you can see your relationship for what it is - out of balance, extraordinarily stressful, emotionally exhausting, and potentially dangerous. The Manipulative Man is a groundbreaking prescription for dealing with the manipulative men in your life by using:

  • Tests to help you determine if you are involved with a mama's boy, narcissist, sociopath, or even a psychopath
  • Techniques for defining and setting boundaries with your man
  • Tools to help you improve their relationship
  • And more!
In The Manipulative Man, acclaimed psychotherapist Dr. Dorothy McCoy shows you how to identify the type of manipulative man you're involved with, deal with the issues his behavior provokes, and, ultimately, salvage the relationship - or move on.
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Publishers Weekly
Did he promise you the stars and play you like a musical instrument?" Then you know the manipulative man. Psychotherapist McCoy presents a chilling expos of 10 types of manipulators ("Mama's Boys," "Eternal Jocks," etc.) who prey on women's neediness and gullibility. This is not a feel-good book, yet it's compellingly readable. McCoy (The Ultimate Book of Personality Tests) is a police consultant, and her work may be what creates the grim undertone. She uses case studies from her counseling practice, blow-by-blow deconstructions of each type's manipulative techniques and tests to determine which type the reader may be dealing with. Most valuable are the chapters on narcissists and psychopaths. These predators are the most dangerous because they can make themselves seem so appealing, flattering and fun at the beginning of the relationship. The author also has good advice for women involved with violent manipulators. In all cases, McCoy warns, "You do not `know' a manipulative man; he has worked diligently at spinning a web of contradictions, confusion and falsehoods." Wrapping up, McCoy offers suggestions for women seeking healthy relationships, noting those who are self-confident are less likely to fall for a charmer's manipulative wiles. (June 7) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593376239
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 5/8/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 264,114
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2010

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this book...

    If your in a relationship with a Narcissist...trust me..this is the ready reference you want...like NOW!!!!
    Not only did it clarify my own 14 year marriage to a manipulator (and didn't know how to "label" it)..I now know how to choose a better mate for me...even IF he is a keeper manipulator...
    There are different types of manipulation described in the book,...worksheets to help you identify your mates patterns as well as what you expect...how to cope, or how to throw in "the towel"..AWESOME!
    Girl or Guy...get this book...

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    If You Get Burned

    This book was very helpful in identifying the traits that manipulative men have and how to deal with them. Manipulation is all about goals and understanding that sometimes the goals of one person can hurt the goals of another can help to disarm the mind games. That and the specific tools Dr. McCoy hands out in this book. If you have a tendency to get burned over and over by relationships, check this one out! - Sherry Gripman, author "The Perfect Marriage"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Absolute Genius!

    Dr Dorothy's take in 'The Manipulative Man' is a compelling read. The tests are simple but effective the techniques she users an eye opener to the lay man or woman and the tools she gives to improve relationships are enlightening! Well done Dr D! Long may the books be available and you be in practice to help where help is so desperately needed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

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    Instructive guide to managing manipulators

    Things would be just fine if only you would take complete responsibility for everything. That¿s what ¿manipulative men¿ would like you to believe, says renowned behavioral expert Dorothy McCoy. She has written a useful field guide describing the most prevalent types of manipulative males. Find out what motivates them and how you may be unknowingly contributing to the difficulties in your relationship. getAbstract recommends taking some of McCoy¿s quizzes to identify manipulative patterns. Try her advice for change. Chances are you¿re not the crazy one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Enlightening

    "The Manipulative Man" could be used as a primer for younger women who haven't already recognized unscrupulous behavior. For women like me, who married manipulative men with disastrous results, it was both enlightening as well as a reminder of the red flags I should have seen. For me, the last section on why women choose such men was eye-opening. And for women everywhere who assume that "that's just the way men are," there is hope in this book by showing us ways to both recognize and avoid such dishonest conduct. It's affirmation for those of us who always thought we could have or should have done it better. I appreciate the way this book was organized, with tests at the end of each chapter and I especially liked all the test cases cited in Dr. McCoy's personal practice. I would recommend for women who keep asking themselves why they always end up with the same kind of man, or better, for women who intentionally choose a "different" man who ultimately reveals the same behaviors. As I find myself mid-life dating, I will keep this book handy as reference material. Well done. Jacqueline Gum, author "Confessions of a Corporate Slut"

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