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Publisher's Summary

Dr. George K. Simon knows how people push your buttons: your children---especially teens---are experts at it, as is your mate. A coworker may quietly undermine your efforts while professing to be helpful, or your boss may prey on your weaknesses. Manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it. Too often, those they abuse are only vaguely aware of what is happening to them. In this eye-opening book, you'll discover:

  • four reasons why victims have a hard time leaving abusive relationships
  • power tactics manipulative people use to push their own agendas and justify their behavior
  • ways to redefine the rules of engagement between you and the abuser
  • how to spot potential weaknesses in your character that can set you up for manipulation
  • two tools for personal empowerment to help you maintain greater strength in all relationships
©2010 George K. Simon, Jr., Ph.D. (P)2011 Tantor

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Useful

I bought it to inquire into dynamics I have been observing around me. It was useful in giving me a different perspective and some good tools to approach it. Can be repetitive.

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Very informative information

loved it kept my attention listened to it numerous times, good narrative speech, realy helped me understand the true nature of manipulation.

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The most important book everyone should read

If you could sum up In Sheep's Clothing in three words, what would they be?

Eye-opening, vital, empowering

What other book might you compare In Sheep's Clothing to and why?

"Your Brain at Work" by David Rock. This book helps you to understand how you brain really works, and how interactions and situations affect people and their responses.

Which scene was your favorite?

When George explains the interaction between a boss hiring a "desperate" individual, and how that person is manipulated by the covertly aggressive owner, one sees the realities and futility in dealing with certain people. This scenario hits home and recognizing this and dealing with it appropriately is vital, and explained well by the author.

Any additional comments?

The entire book moves you from realization, through understanding to recommendation to recognizing and dealing with disturbed characters who are covert aggressive manipulators. Equally important, you must learn to understand yourself an your vulnerabilities. Learn to control the most important person in any relationship, yourself.

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  • Carol
  • Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 08-30-12

Repetitive, lack-lustre

What did you like best about In Sheep's Clothing? What did you like least?

The topic is interesting. There seem to be more people with small or no conscience about, and it is useful to know how to spot them and avoid them. I didn't think the topic was developed to enough depth. Instead of elaborating on some of the case studies, the author kept bringing up new ones, and dealing with the surface details to reinforce the same ideas.

Would you ever listen to anything by George K. Simon again?

Probably wouldn't listen again.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Clear narration, but not very lively. Performance was monotonous.

Could you see In Sheep's Clothing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

It's a shame that such a good topic should be given such short shrift.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not just interesting--you get something to use!

Would you consider the audio edition of In Sheep's Clothing to be better than the print version?

I've never read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In Sheep's Clothing?

helping me identify a manipulator in my life!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, and I did! I listened to it all day long while I worked about the house.

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Tedious

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I suppose those who spend alot of time in the 'self-help' aisle may enjoy this. I found it painfully boring and kept wishing he would move on and get to the point. (I've been skipping ahead and, thus far, no point in sight)

What was most disappointing about George K. Simon’s story?

I'm finding him to be unnecessarily wordy and a bit pompous.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Foley?

No thoughts here - other than the suggestion that you find someone who can properly pronounce "sadist".<br/>Perhaps someone who could slip a bit of humor into his/her tone? The text is heavy going and the narrator just makes this worse.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration

Any additional comments?

This is the first time I've been really disappointed in a book from Audible. I had expected something a bit more scholarly. I gather from some other reviews that this would fall into the "self-help" category, apparently designed to make the reader feel better about him/herself. I imagine that such a spin is likely to be popular and will sell well, which actually makes the author seem a bit manipulative himself. Had I worked out in advance that this was primarily going to be "it's not you, it's him (her) and they are just not wired like most people", I would not have bought it. My bad.

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Must for anyone struggling with a manipulator

This books shed so much light on the tactics and behaviors of manipulators. If we can’t recognize the tactics we will fall victim to the manipulators tricks. Must read!

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Fantastic. Emotionally abused by family lead by narc mother

This book will help you out of confusion into light...and reach you techniques you need to survive

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A lot about recognition, less about methods

The methods described in the book were a bit thinner than I expected. It describes a good basic approach on how to respond to subtle aggression though.

Best part of the book is the narrator reading women’s and children’s parts in falsetto.

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spot on for anyone dealing with an abusive person

I would recommend this to anyone who is trying to cope with an abusive or manipulative partner. Not necessarily physical...