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Toxic Coworkers: How to Deal with Dysfunctional People on the Job

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We’ve all worked with someone “difficult,” someone who could always be trusted to blow up to space out or do or say something wildly inappropriate. As it happens, those of us who concluded “the guy’s just nuts” were right: a fair number of those impossible-to-get-along-with employees actually do have full-fledged personality disorders. In Toxic Coworkers, the authors help us to recognize a variety of common personality traits and disorders, understand how they come about, and learn to develop effective strategies...

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Overview

We’ve all worked with someone “difficult,” someone who could always be trusted to blow up to space out or do or say something wildly inappropriate. As it happens, those of us who concluded “the guy’s just nuts” were right: a fair number of those impossible-to-get-along-with employees actually do have full-fledged personality disorders. In Toxic Coworkers, the authors help us to recognize a variety of common personality traits and disorders, understand how they come about, and learn to develop effective strategies for dealing with them. So the next time the narcissist who runs the front desk is bugging you, or you need to squeeze a favor out of the schizoid who handles inventory, you’ll know exactly what to do.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Toxic Coworkers helps us make sense of work relationships that defy logic and consume our day. It is the perfect tool to help us understand and manage difficult people, the result of which is increased productivity and decreased frustration on the job.”
– Heidi Remak, M.A., CEAP, Manager, EAP, Lucent Technologies

“In the tradition of Robert Ringer’s Winning Through Intimidation and Wayne Dyer’s Your Erroneous Zones, Cavaiola and Lavender have made a big leap forward in showing how important psychological insights and principles can be readily applied to everyday problems in the workplace. From now on I’ll be handing frustrated employees, administrators, and executives a copy of Toxic Coworkers, an dI’ll feel confident that they will have a powerful tool for dealing with the dysfunctional people and warped behavior they encounter on the job.”
—Dr. Robert J. Phillips, President, Corporate Extension Services, Providing Organizational Development, Team-building, Personnel Problem Resolutions, and Executive Coaching

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572242197
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 334,180
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan A. Cavaiola, PhD, is a professor and member of the graduate faculty in the department of psychological counseling at Monmouth University. He is also a licensed psychologist and clinical alcohol and drug counselor. He is the coauthor of Toxic Coworkers and Impossible to Please.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Problem with Personality Disorders 1
Chapter 2 Introduction to Personality Disorders: Our Cast of Characters 17
Chapter 3 All Hail the Conquering Narcissist 31
Chapter 4 Histrionic Personality Disorder: Lights... Camera... Action! 51
Chapter 5 The Antisocial Personality: Rules Do Not Apply 63
Chapter 6 The Borderline Personality Disorder: A Storm in Every Port 77
Chapter 7 The Perfectionist: The World of the Obsessive Compulsive Personality 95
Chapter 8 The Dependent Personality Disorder: Till Death Do Us Part 111
Chapter 9 The Passive Aggressive Personality: The Ultimate Obstructionist 123
Chapter 10 The Avoidant Personality: On the Watering of Wallflowers 137
Chapter 11 The Isolated World of the Schizoid 153
Chapter 12 The Paranoid Personality: The Loneliness of Suspicion 171
Chapter 13 Other Toxic Coworkers 183
References 205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2004

    Pure Excellence - with No Additives!!!

    Every person with a job or about to get a job should take their last few dollars and order this book from Barnes and Noble. After the first page, I overwhelmingly felt that Authors Cavaiola and Lavender were like 'Betwitched TV series' and sat up in the ceiling observing my workplace. To save humanity this a absolute must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    Finally learn how to deal with impossible co-workers!!

    Ever wonder why your boss acts like scrooge, or why the women that sits across from you is always complaining? All work environments have problems, because people have problems that they bring to the workplace. "Toxic Co-workers" teaches one why people act the way they do and how to deal with them in the workplace so the job can get done. Finally a solution!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2002

    Very Interesting

    Toxic coworkers was very intersting and helpful in trying to deal with your fellow coworkers. I really enjoyed the book and i suggest everyone who works in a small business or large business to read Toxic Coworkers. It will help you understand how to detect a dysfunctional coworker and how to deal with them...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2002

    Toxic Coworkers

    this book is very good. i really enjoyed it and it really helped me understand the toxic coworkers i have been faced with. I reccommend this book to everyone :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2002

    Toxic Coworkers

    The book was great:) Everyone should read it!

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