Protect yourself from people who take undue advantage and suck the energy out of your life
Emotional Vampires will help you cope effectively with the people in your life that confound you, confuse you, and seem to sap every ounce of your energy. Best-selling author Dr. Al Bernstein shows you how to recognize each vampire type - antisocial, histrionic, narcissists, obsessive-compulsives, paranoids - and deal with them effectively. He uses many examples from the latest news headlines, which will help you distinguish between the types and deepen your understanding of each one.
In response to the daily calls and emails he got about the previous edition, Dr. Al Bernstein has added his advice for dealing with those emotional vampires who come in the shape of spouses and lovers, relatives, and children. Dr. Bernstein shows you how to deal with each vampire type and what you need to do to keep from getting drained.
©2014 Albert J. Bernstein (P)2014 McGraw-Hill Education
This book had some good information. It described people with certain types of personality disorders and how they can be emotional vampires to those around them. It discussed some strategies that may be used when dealing with the different types of vampires. It also touched on some ideas for suggested treatment. It never provided a great deal of detail for those things. Though, it had some good information, is not a book that will provide good insight into why those people are the way they are or how they got to become that way. I was turned off by the author's occasional underlying liberal agenda and use of this book to bash conservatives as well as those who believe in God. He uses frequent examples of people he describes as emotional vampires, based on their fanatical beliefs or political stances and their denial of evolution or liberal political views. He would have you believe those are based on fact rather than emotion. I have read other books that are far better than this one on the topic, but still I learned some things.
I am a mental health professional, but my interest in this book was primarily of a personal nature. Its advice has been invaluable to me both in my personal life as well as in treating my patients. A must read for all mental health professionals and by anyone who has felt drained in personal relationships. Very easy to follow, with clear concepts and memorable examples and analogies.
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