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Publisher's Summary

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 extremely practical guide to dealing with the difficult personalities we encounter every day - in others, and in ourselves.

Taking the American Psychiatric Association's widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) as its starting point, Difficult Personalities helpfully outlines over a dozen different personality traits and types, detailing their common characteristics and underlying motivations. It also equips listeners with numerous strategies for dealing with difficult behavior, including:

  • Anger and conflict management
  • Optimism and assertion training
  • Rational and empathic thinking
  • Reexamining your own personality
©2000, 2010 Helen McGrath and Hazel Edwards (P)2021 Tantor

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