How To Deal With Emotionally Explosive People

How To Deal With Emotionally Explosive People

by Albert J. Bernstein


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How To Deal With Emotionally Explosive People by Albert J. Bernstein

In his international bestseller, Dinosaur Brains, psychologist Albert J. Bernstein told readers how to deal with difficult people at work. Now, in a groundbreaking new book, Bernstein tackles a more serious problem that profoundly affects the lives of millions of people: walking time bombs.

How do you help a friend who explodes into panic attacks?

What do you say when a depressed family member bursts into tears?

How do you protect yourself when a stranger blows up in your face?

Too often, our choices make matters worse. But it isn't our fault. All that we feel, and much of what we hear directs us to defend the fearful, comfort the sad, and talk sense to the angry, regardless of the utter futility of these well-meaning actions.

Moment to moment, people with mental disorders stand at the crossroads between getting better and getting worse. For disorders to heal, medicine, psychotherapy, the encouragement of friends, and the kindness of strangers must all point explosive people toward a single direction.

  • People with anxiety disorders must turn and face their fear rather than running away
  • Depressed people cannot wait to feel better to do the things that will make them feel better
  • Angry people have to recognize that anger is something they do, not a reaction to what is done to them

Reaching these goals sometimes requires stunning feats of mind over matter. In How to Deal with Emotionally Explosive People, Dr. Bernstein demonstrates, step by step, how to do them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071385695
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 12/09/2002
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 819,689
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Emotional Explosions1
Chapter 1The Blast Zone3
Chapter 2What's Wrong with These People?27
Part 2Explosions into Fear49
Chapter 3Basic Calming Technique51
Chapter 4Explosions into Fear65
Chapter 5Storming the Tower of Psychobabble93
Chapter 6The Psychology of Fear99
Chapter 7Generalized Anxiety Disorders125
Part 3Explosions into Sadness143
Chapter 8Explosions into Sadness145
Chapter 9The Psychology of Depression171
Part 4Explosions into Anger201
Chapter 10Explosions into Anger203
Chapter 11The Instinct for Anger225
Chapter 12The Psychology of Anger239
Chapter 13Where to Get Help271
AppendixClassification, Generic, and Brand Names of Psychoactive Medications285

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How To Deal With Emotionally Explosive People 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought the book, can't open on Barnes and noble so bought it on Amazon. It is a great book. Kindle seems to do a better job without the hassle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book can not be downloaded to nook so do not purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading this book to learn more about myself and my emotions, I learned far more than I ever could have imagined. My wife and I have been reading this book to help me understand what I am doing and why, and it has saved our marriage and friendship. This book hits it right on the head. Dr. Bernstein has his hand, or mind I should say, on the pulse of human emotions. Thank you Dr. Bernstein and to future readers, it really could save you from a life of misery and emotional ups and downs. Great read and a must read for all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Useful for both professionals and general public. Takes the fear out of dealing with emotionally explosive people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title and cover may be a bit misleading. This book deals with not only anger, but depression and anxiety. Give it a try--you will learn something about yourself and others!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is extraordinarily helpful. It entertains you with knowledge about helping yourself and others, as it challenges you to re-think your thought processes and gives a peek at the way professionals deal with their clients. All in terms for the layman, and with a bit of humor! My only regret is that my copy now has highlighting and pencil scribbles in the margins!