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Toxic People: 10 Ways of Dealing with People Who Make Your Life Miserable

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Some people really can make you sick!

Is there anyone in your life-a relative, boss, friend, even a lover or spouse-who drives you crazy? Are there people who make you feel inadequate, unworthy, or just plain miserable? If there's someone who is not supportive and does not wish you well, then you've got a "toxic" person in your life.

Do you recognize any of these toxic terrors?

-The opportunistic user

-The control freak

-The meddler

-The ...

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Overview

Some people really can make you sick!

Is there anyone in your life-a relative, boss, friend, even a lover or spouse-who drives you crazy? Are there people who make you feel inadequate, unworthy, or just plain miserable? If there's someone who is not supportive and does not wish you well, then you've got a "toxic" person in your life.

Do you recognize any of these toxic terrors?

-The opportunistic user

-The control freak

-The meddler

-The arrogant know-it-all

-The me, myself, and I narcissist

-The instigator

-The emotional refrigerator

-The liar

Dr. Glass not only helps you identify the "toxic" people in your life, she also provides ten techniques for successfully dealing with them, including:

-Tension-blowout

-Unplugging

-Direct confrontation

-Humor

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Forget Dale Carnegie: Glass is riding to your rescue." —West Coast Review of Books
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Certain people seem to exist to make us miserable. Glass, a California ``communications expert,'' terms these terrors Toxic People and identifies 30 types, some with humorous labels such as the Smiling Two-Faced Sneaky Back-Stabber and the Eddie Haskell. She provides a Toxic People Quiz to help readers identify which category a suspect toxic terror falls into and suggests 10 techniques to handle these folk: Humor, Direct Confront, Calm Questioning, Give-Them-Hell-and-Yell, Love and Kindness, Vicarious Fantasy, etc. And since we're all toxic, to some degree, a section on Toxic Comments and a Toxic Image Inventory are offered to help readers identify their own destructive behaviors. While the book doesn't rise above pop psychology, it is entertaining. Author tour. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312152321
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 301,722
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Lillian Glass, Ph.D., is an internationally know lecturer, communications specialist, and media personality. She is the author of this book's companion, Attracting Terrific People, as well as He Says, She Says, Talk to Win, and Say It Right. Dr. Glass has a bicoastal practice in Beverly Hills and New York. She currently resides in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
1 Is There a Toxic Person in Your Life? 18
2 Toxic Behavior 25
3 What Makes Toxic People Act the Way They Do? 39
4 Identifying the Toxic People in Your Life 53
5 The Thirty Types of Toxic Terrors 72
6 Ten Techniques for Handling Toxic People 118
7 Techniques to Use with Specific Toxic Terrors 145
8 Choosing a Technique Based on the Toxic Person's Role in Your Life 176
9 Dealing With the Anger and Hurt of a Toxic Relationship 195
10 The Importance of the Outward Self: The Toxic Image Inventory 209
11 Revitalizing the Toxic Relationship 228
12 Getting On with Your Life 245
Let's Be Winners! 258
Where to Get More Information 264
Reference Sources 266
Index 269
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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Very good...

    Relevant to my life, really. I thought it was very helpful. I also found it funny in some cases, but it's too general to be of a professional grade. It won't cure you, but guide you; at least what I mean is it sympathizes with the reader. I thought it was a great read. And I appreciate the author delivering a summarized version of her experiences. In putting the behavioral issues of people in a general manner, she was able to put some perspective on what can be very complicated to somebody who's having trouble with others. Thanks Lillian Glass! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2002

    Not very helpful

    Purchased 'Toxic People' after reading 'Toxic Parents' -- Assumed they were written in a similar fashion even though written by different authors. WRONG! Toxic People seems to be written more to entertain than inform. Found accounts of interactions with clients/patients to be unrealistic. Categories of toxic people are too numerous and handled with too much humor considering most people will purchase this book to help with serious problems or situations. Recommend checking it out at the library before deciding to purchase.

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