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 practicalguideto dealing with thedifficultpersonalities we encounter every day―in others, and in ourselves.
Taking theAmerican Psychiatric Association’s widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) as its starting point, DifficultPersonalities 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 difficultbehavior, 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, DifficultPersonalities illuminates the personality differences that so often serve as barriers to cooperation in the workplace and harmony at home.