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Dealing with Relatives (Even When You Can't Stand Them): Bringing Out the Best in Families at Their Worst [Paperback]

Rick Brinkman , Rick Kirschner Dr.

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1 Nov 2002
From the bestselling authors of "Dealing with People You Can't Stand" comes this follow-up volume: a humorous guide to coping with those relatives you often get thrown together with but can't stand to be around. Whether it's the sister who's a martyr, the uncle who's a complainer, the mother-in-law who's a nag, or the cousin who's a grandstander, Dr Rick and Dr Rick offer expert advice on how to deal with every kind of behaviour or situation that may arise. The book is divided into three parts. Part One - "Basic Training" - lays out the skills that are required to be successful with relatives. One section, for example, covers "The Art of the Apology". Part Two - "Types of Behaviour" - describes the types we all recognize in our families, such as the whiny brother, the manipulative stepmother and so on. Part Three - "Tough Situations" - covers how to handle any situation that might occur, such as the brother-in-law who gets drunk on every holiday, the sister-in-law who makes cutting comments at every opportunity and suchlike.

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There's No Place Like Home!

Do any of these characters sound familiar?

-The Mystery
-The General
-The Rebel
-The VIP
-The Meddler
-The Pleaser
-The Judge
-The Martyr

Whoever they may be in your family mother or father, sister or brother, aunt, uncle, or in-law you'll find them analyzed here in Dealing with Relatives. Written in an informative yet entertaining style, the book is filled with insights, anecdotes, stories, and cartoons to help you find out not only what's behind your relatives' difficult behavior, but also how to respond effectively.

This book will help you cope with uncomfortable feelings, irritating personalities, and even explosive situations. You'll learn how to prepare for family gatherings, avoid conflict when relatives trigger strong emotions, and how to free yourself from feelings of obligation and resentment. With the strategies in this book, you be able to say what's on your mind in firm (but non-threatening) language, and stand up to your relatives (even if you can't stand them)!

About the Author

Dr. Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick Kirschner are naturopathic physicians, professional speakers and trainers who perform over 150 programs a year all over the world. They are co-authors of the bestselling Dealing with People You Can't Stand and numerous other bestselling and award-winning audio and video programs.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can have more fun with family! 2 Dec 2002
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This book provides such excellent material on improving relationships, reducing stressful situations and enjoying differences, it is hard to know where to start! The stories alone make it worth reading, and even has value for teenage readers (14 and up). Not just for holidays, this book can help people simplify and build better family relationships, resolve long-standing conflicts and create more loving interactions all year long. Add it to the first book by these authors and you have a complete communication/relationship education that will empower you in all your relationships for the rest of your life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars And I still can't stand them... 3 Sep 2005
By Shakespeare - Published on
I read "Dealing with People You Can't Stand" by the same author and I loved it. It had lots of funny, real-life antecdotes and even though the main points could have been summarized into a pamphlet - it was a great read. This one had none of that. The fairy-tale like stories written to illustrate the personality types just didn't hold my attention and weren't in the least entertaining.

Also, in the back of the book - they own up to the fact that the book does not cover ALL types of family dysfunction such as alcoholism, co-dependency, and drug abuse. (I wish this disclaimer had been a note at the BEGINNING of the book...) Come to find out - these are additional personality types that are much too complex to deal with and you need professional help. Silly me. I thought that was the ONLY cause of family dysfunction. :-)
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for when you have unwanted relatives! 18 Jan 2013
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It really makes you take a step back and analyze every type of personality and it helps to deal with every type of relative. Ever since I read it I deal with each one of my relatives without loosing my mind and I even get to enjoy family gatherings now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read Before Those Holiday Get Togethers! 23 Nov 2005
By C. Adair - Published on
This book is my bible. It is well written, amusing, and offers excellent advice on how to deal with those wonderful people that push our buttons.I really like how the authors broke down the most prominent personality types, and how to deal with them in a non confrontational, positive way.
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