Difficult Personalities: A Practical Guide to Managing the Hurtful Behavior of Others (and Maybe Your Own)

Difficult Personalities: A Practical Guide to Managing the Hurtful Behavior of Others (and Maybe Your Own)

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Difficult Personalities: A Practical Guide to Managing the Hurtful Behavior of Others (and Maybe Your Own) by Helen McGrath PhD, Hazel Edwards MEd

An indispensable guide to understanding—and living or working with—people whose behavior leaves you frustrated and confused

We all have people in our lives who frustrate, annoy, or hurt us: workplace bullies, those who always claim to be right, or those with anxious or obsessive personalities. And most of us hurt others occasionally, too. Now, authors Dr. Helen McGrath, a clinical psychologist and professor, and Hazel Edwards, a professional writer, offer this highly readable, extremely practical guide to dealing with the difficult personalities we encounter every day—in others, and in ourselves.

Taking the American Psychiatric Association's widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) as its starting point, Difficult Personalities helpfully outlines over a dozen different personality traits and types, detailing their common characteristics and underlying motivations. It also equips readers with numerous strategies for dealing with difficult behavior, including:

• Anger and conflict management
• Optimism and assertion training
• Rational and empathic thinking
• Reexamining your own personality.

Readers will also benefit from sections on making difficult decisions and maintaining romantic relationships. Perfect for anyone who has ever wished that other people came with a handbook, Difficult Personalities illuminates the personality differences that so often serve as barriers to cooperation in the workplace and harmony at home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615191154
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication date: 01/12/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 716,244
File size: 732 KB

About the Author

Helen McGrath completed her undergraduate degree and Diploma of Education at the University of Sydney and her Masters degree and Ph.D at Monash University. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at RMIT University as well as a part-time senior lecturer in the School of Education at Deakin University. She also has a small private psychology practice in Cheltenham, Melbourne. Helen is a leading psychologist and educator with a particular interest and expertise in mental health, social skills and relationships. She is the author or co-author of 22 books for educators, psychologists and the general community.

Acclaimed children’s author of over 200 titles, Hazel Edwards is best known for her popular classic There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake.

Table of Contents

Introduction General Principles Underpinning This Book xi

Part I Incompatible Personality Traits 1

1 What Are Incompatible Personality Traits? 3

2 Variety Plus or a Rich Inner Life? Extroverts and Introverts 7

3 Let's Get Organized or Go with the Flow? Planners and Optionizers 17

4 Which Rules, the Head or the Heart? Thinkers and Feelers 24

Part II Frustrating and Annoying Personality Patterns 33

5 Built-in Flaw Detectors Negativity 35

6 I'm Better Than You! Superiority 42

7 I Have All the Power, I Know All the Answers Bossiness 49

Part III Confusing Personality Types 59

8 The World Is Such a Dangerous Place! The Anxious Personality 61

9 Getting on Top of Anxiety General Strategies 87

10 Everything Is Under Control Anxiety-Based Behavior 96

11 I'm Always Right The Inflexible Personality 126

12 Don't Ever Leave Me The Demanding Personality 132

Part IV Damaging Personalities 143

13 You'll Never Get Me The Passive-Aggressive Personality 145

14 A Silent Nightmare The Bullying Personality 155

15 Everyday Predators Among Us The Sociopathic Personality 172

Part V Strategies 203

16 Strategies for Coping with Sociopaths 205

17 Making Decisions About Difficult Situates and Relationships 215

18 Rational and Irrational Thinking 222

19 Healthy Self-Assertion 233

20 Managing Your Own Anger and the Anger of Others 239

21 Managing Conflict 247

22 Skills for Maintaining a Strong Romantic Partnership 254

Part VI Following Up 267

Finding a Good Psychologist 269

Books You Might Like to Read 271

Index 275

About the Authors 206

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