Who's Pushing Your Buttons?: Handling the Difficult People in Your Life

Who's Pushing Your Buttons?: Handling the Difficult People in Your Life

by John Townsend
     
 

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Button-pushers come in all shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common: Their behavior drives us crazy and makes us dream of ways to escape the mess we're in.

The person who pushes your buttons is likely someone who matters to you – a spouse, a parent, a boss, a fellow church member. Almost always this difficult person is connected to you by

Overview

Button-pushers come in all shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common: Their behavior drives us crazy and makes us dream of ways to escape the mess we're in.

The person who pushes your buttons is likely someone who matters to you – a spouse, a parent, a boss, a fellow church member. Almost always this difficult person is connected to you by blood, love, faith, or money, so you can't just end the relationship without causing pain and upheaval in your life.

Our friends and today's culture will often advise us to abandon such relationships quickly – to end this unpleasant chapter and get on with our lives. Psychologist and author Dr. John Townsend disagrees, "Your button-pusher is not someone you would easily and casually leave. You are intertwined at many levels. It is worth the trouble to take a look at the ways the relationship you had, and want, can be revived and reborn."

In this easy-to-read book he offers

  • Expert insights to help you understand your own button-pusher
  • Wise assistance in determining the nature of the problem
  • Compassionate help in identifying your failed attempts to fix things
  • A hope-filled vision for what can be and how to make it come true
  • Rich resources to help you navigate the necessary changes

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"Do you have crazy-making relationships that won’t go away? Here an articulate mental health expert describes a variety of button-pushing patterns and their emotional dynamics. The rational perspective is comforting at first and allows some distance from the pain. But then the genial Dr. Townsend presses listeners to understand their own reactions and do something. He’s a clever writer and enjoyable to hear in spite of occasional indulgences in intellectual wheel-spinning. The morality of Christianity is obvious, but the stronger influences are the secular themes of self-scrutiny, honesty, and accountability. A key lesson is the author’s advice on how to talk with troublemakers about their behavior, once insight about the dynamics has been gained." 
T.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781418588281
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
09/16/2007
Sold by:
THOMAS NELSON
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
237,804
File size:
612 KB

Meet the Author

Dr. John Townsend is a leadership consultant, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. He has written twenty-seven books, selling 10 million copies, including the 3 million-selling Boundaries series. John is founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling and conducts the Townsend Leadership program. He travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking, and working with leadership families. He and his wife Barbi have two sons, and live in Newport Beach, California. One of John's favorite hobbies is playing in a band that performs in Southern California lounges and venues. 

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