People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them the Keys

People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them the Keys

by Mike Bechtle

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Overview

Strange as it may seem, other people are not nearly as committed to our happiness as we are. In fact, sometimes they seem like they're on a mission to make us miserable! There's always that one person. The one who hijacks your emotions and makes you crazy. The one who seems to thrive on drama. If you could just "fix" that person, everything would be better. But we can't fix other people--we can only make choices about ourselves. In this cut-to-the-chase book, communication expert Mike Bechtle shows readers that they don't have to be victims of other people's craziness. With commonsense wisdom and practical advice that can be implemented immediately, Bechtle gives readers a proven strategy to handle crazy people.

More than just offering a set of techniques, Bechtle offers a new perspective that will change readers' lives as they deal with those difficult people who just won't go away.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441239624
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 21,061
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Dr. Mike Bechtle (EdD, Arizona State University) is the author of People Can't Drive You Crazy if You Don't Give Them the Keys. His articles have appeared in publications such as Writer's Digest, Pastors.com, and Entrepreneur. A frequent speaker and former minister of worship, Bechtle lives in California.
Dr. Mike Bechtle (EdD, Arizona State University) is the author of People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them the Keys, How to Communicate with Confidence, and I Wish He Had Come with Instructions. His articles have appeared in publications such as Writer's Digest, Pastors.com, and Entrepreneur. A frequent speaker, Bechtle lives in California. Learn more at www.mikebechtle.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Part 1 Stuck in a Crazy World

1 I'm OK, You're Crazy 13

2 The Problem with Believing We're Right 23

3 How Relationships Work 31

Part 2 Changing Someone Else

4 Stop Yelling at the Toaster Oven 41

5 The Impact of Influence 51

6 Can I Fire My Family? 59

Part 3 Changing Yourself

7 Why Can't Everyone Be Like Me? 71

8 The Energy of Emotions 79

9 Seven Keys to Unlocking Healthy Relationships 87

10 Key #1-See Yourself Realistically 95

11 Key #2-Take Yourself Lightly 103

12 Key #3-Don't Sweat the Wrong Stuff 111

13 Key #4-Don't Rush Growth 120

14 Key #5-Live Through the Lens of Kindness 127

15 Key #6-Base Your Choices on Integrity, Not Convenience 134

16 Key #7-Go the Distance in Relationships 142

Part 4 Changing Your Environment

17 Prioritize Your Relationships 151

18 No Guarantees 159

19 When to Leave 165

Part 5 Putting It into Practice

20 Giving Up on Getting Straight A's 175

21 You Can't Steer a Parked Car 182

22 Your Relationship Survival Kit 189

23 It's Worth the Effort 196

Notes 205

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People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them the Keys 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably the most practical book I've ever read on relationships. We all have crazy people in our lives (and we're probably the crazy person in someone else's life. . . ) It's easy to become a victim of their craziness -- but Bechtle provides practical solutions on being proactive. Great resource on taking control of our own choices, where our happiness doesn't depend on what someone else does. He's a great storyteller, and writes with humor. Awesome read!
Phil_from_Arizona More than 1 year ago
First, the disclaimer. I was given this book as a gift from Dr. Bechtle, but without any obligation to review it. Still, I figured I should mention it. I was planning to buy it anyway because I have read Mike's other books and found them very practical and helpful. From the title, you can tell that it will probably be a "self-help" book. What the title doesn't tell you is that you will really enjoy reading it. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is both practical and helpful. It focuses on what we can do to deal better with the people in our lives who drive us crazy, realizing that we can't change them, but we can work on changing our own attitudes. After celebrating Christmas with our families, most of us can relate immediately to several of the situations and personality types he mentions. It was not quite an "easy read" for me because I kept finding things I had to go back and re-read, and then take some action. In the sense of enjoying the book, it IS an "easy read". It is written in language anyone can understand, and presents ideas we can all relate to. I definitely recommend this book, and Mike's other books, as well.
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Really makes you think.
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