• Why We Elect Narcissists and Sociopaths and How We Can Stop

  • By: Bill Eddy
  • Narrated by: Tom Dheere
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Best-selling author, therapist, lawyer, and mediator Bill Eddy describes how dangerous, high-conflict personalities have gained power in governments worldwide - and what citizens can do to keep these people out of office.

Democracy is under siege. The reason isn’t politics but personalities: Too many countries have come under the sway of high-conflict people (HCPs) who have become politicians. Most of these high-conflict politicians have traits of narcissistic personality disorder, antisocial (i.e., sociopathic) personality disorder, or both. This is the first and only guide for identifying and thwarting them.

HCPs don’t avoid conflict, they thrive on it, widening social divisions and exacerbating international tensions. Eddy, the world’s leading authority on high-conflict personalities, explains why they’re so seductive and describes the telltale traits that define HCPs - he even includes a helpful list of forty typical HCP behaviors.

Drawing on historical examples from Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Nixon to Trump, Maduro, and Putin, Eddy shows how HCPs invent enemies and manufacture phony crises, so they can portray themselves as the sole heroic figure who can deal with them, despite their inability to actually solve problems. He describes the best ways to expose HCPs as the charlatans they are, reply to their empty and misleading promises, and find genuine leaders to support. Eddy brings his deep psychotherapeutic experience to bear on a previously unidentified phenomena that presents a real threat to the world.

©2019 Bill Eddy (P)2019 Bill Eddy

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All Republicans are High Conflict Personalities

If you like Trump bashing, this book is for you. As a conservative, I struggled to listen to this book to the very end. I’m glad I did only because the best part of the book is in the last 20 minutes. The book has a great concept, but all (and I mean all) examples provided were slanted against Republicans. I was definitely disappointed with this audiobook.

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Wow! Great book!

This is a milestone book, full of important information. It should be required reading/listening for everyone. I can not recommend this book highly enough. Definitely worth a credit!

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Pretty good

Hard to say why. But he seems to oversimplify some situations without going into depth. Also he makes some broad claims that come off as objective facts. I would say thay I still lean towards agreeing on his points. I just prefer it when the author is a bit mote humble. I also wish he cited examples of individuals who were able to handle confrontations with HCPs, rather than just talking about the methods.