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Control Freaks: Who They Are and How to Stop Them from Running Your Life [Hardcover]

Gerald W. Piaget
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Jun 1991
Through his fascinating Control Profile technique, nationally renowned psychologist Gerald Piaget shows control freaks how they can meet their needs without alienating others and control-freak victims how to stop being manipulated.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday (Jun 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385412797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385412797
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,998,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about Aikido otherwise awesome 5 Feb 2014
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I bought this book when I was living with a control freak. It helped me enormously and I continue to use its lessons today. There are other books on the market for dealing with difficult people etc. but I don’t really like that sort of negative labeling. It isn’t about hating people or putting them in boxes it’s just about getting what is fair and right for you. I don’t want to be a pushover but before I read this book I most certainly was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The answer to STRESS-FREE LIVING 23 Nov 2003
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This is one of the best psych books I have ever read. Highly readable material for anyone and a treasure of information on the subject of human behavior. Control freaks are epidemic in America and sadly, we all suffer. There is a flip side to this coin however - the Accommodater.
Which are you? Neither? Both? The answer might surprise you.
Everyone should read this book. It affects everything.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to Ease the Control Freak's Energy 7 Mar 2007
By M. Fellenstein Hale - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was full of so many ideas, I was amazed. There were more ideas than I could absorb--I wrote notes, copied pages, then still found more in each chapter.

I have started using some of the ideas already and can see how they make an immediate difference, such as aligning (matching speech patterns, clarifying, etc.) and "you might be right" (getting the other person to back off a bit). I loved the "Aikido Method" of moving the energy around, instead of engaging in battle. During the time I used this, it also helped me to come up with my own mantra: "Respond, rather than react."

This book clearly described how I get hooked by a controller and react with defensiveness, then anger, then regret. And the book gave me ideas on how to change my patterns toward more positive interactions.

The final chapter completely described my situation and what has actually happened. It hit me hard to see everything described perfectly. It also had an amazing section on how to reframe a situation when a person can't leave for the time being--to actively choose to be in this bad situation temporarily, instead of feeling like a victim.

I highly recommend this book. I hope the author will consider reprinting it!

I tried to buy this book, found it was out of print, so I'm going to order a used copy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book helped me. 30 Nov 2006
By Christopher Muller - Published on Amazon.com
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While Control Freaks suffers from a few short-comings in its structure and writing, overall it is a very positive book. I have to admit, the lessons learned have helped me grow as a person, and to get beyond some of the pain from certain relationships.

The book itself is rather uneven, and sometimes a bit tedious. But there are very good examples of real-life situations and clearly outlined advice. I read the book twice--which I never do--so it certainly is worth reading.

Interestingly, I have lent this book to more friends than any other book I have ever owned. I recommend Control Freaks. Almost everyone can get some good life lessons from it. I hope that the book helps you as much as it did me!
4.0 out of 5 stars A little simplistic, but good. 9 July 2013
By Pilgrim - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for a friend, who subsequently lent it to me to read. While very good and comprehensive, it's a little too simplistic on this broad subject. Still worth reading, though
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