Overcoming Your Difficult Family: 8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation

Overcoming Your Difficult Family: 8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation

by Eric Maisel


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When you encounter difficult people in your daily life, the easiest solution is to cut and run. But when the difficult people in question are your parents, siblings, children, or all of the above, you can’t always end the relationships. What happens when you’re stuck with people who don’t respect boundaries or listen to reason? Author Eric Maisel, a licensed family therapist and life coach, tackles this awkward question in his new book Overcoming Your Difficult Family, providing answers gleaned from his own therapy practice. The first half of the book lists eight strategies for dealing with difficult relatives, whereas the second half acts as a kind of “field guide” to common types of dysfunctional families — authoritarian families, factionalized families, drug-addicted families, and more. By following Maisel’s battle-tested advice, you’ll learn to maintain inner peace in the midst of family chaos, and in the process, make everyone’s life a little better.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608684519
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 06/09/2017
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 281,679
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Eric Maisel, PhD, is a retired family therapist, a creativity and life coach, and the author of more than fifty books. He writes the “Rethinking Mental Health” blog for Psychology Today and the “Coaching the Artist Within” column for Professional Artist magazine and lectures throughout the world. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Your Family Survival Tool Kit

1 Being Smart 13

2 Being Strong 19

3 Being Calm 27

4 Being Clear 35

5 Being Aware 43

6 Being Brave 51

7 Being Present 59

8 Being Resilient 67

Part 2 Ten Difficult Family Types

9 Sad and Anxious Families 77

10 Loveless and Distant Families 89

11 Warring and Divided Families 101

12 Bullying, Aggressive, and Abusive Families 113

13 Demanding, Critical, and Argumentative Families 123

14 Compulsive and Addicted Families 135

15 Rule-Bound, Intrusive, and Authoritarian Families 149

16 Dramatic and Chaotic Families 159

17 Acquisitive and Materialistic Families 171

18 Frustrated, Hopeless, and Defeated Families 185

Epilogue: Twelve Tips for Emotional and Mental Health 197

Notes 205

Index 209

About the Author 219

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