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Difficult Personalities: It's Not You; It's Them [Kindle Edition]

William O'Donohue
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Book Description

Some people are very, very tough to deal with and can make you miserable. This is a sad fact of life. This book will help you identify, understand and develop strategies to deal with toxic personalities that you encounter. Written by a prominent clinical psychologist and university professor it explains DSM diagnostic categories such as Anti-social Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder and others so that you can make a better determination of whether you are dealing with one of these kinds of indivduals, what science and clinical experience says about these, and most importantly how to deal more effectively with these. This information can help you move from being poisoned by these individuals to regaining control of your life.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1166 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lucky Bat Books (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055DYWWE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,594 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Difficult Personalities 22 Sept. 2011
By Jase
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I've read a few books of this type now after getting involved with someone who was particularly difficult. In some ways I wish I'd read this first as it's a good start. The style is a bit repetitive if you read it cover to cover, but to be fair the author does say that it's a book where you use the bits you want. Each part therefore stands up on its own. I liked the way he suggests strategies for dealing with ech type too. It's a good introduction to the subject and he gives plenty of references if you want to delve a bit deeper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener 7 Feb. 2013
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Full of eye opening facts wish I'd read this book before engaging in two failed marriages could of saved myself a lot of heartache and undeserved heartache tho now I find I'm looking in depth at people a lot more and assessing their personalities before becoming to close to them this book gives a in depth insight to most all personalities and is definitely a must read for people who suspect they have a "odd bod" amongst them it will reassure them it isn't them but in fact the other way round x
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scary! 1 Jun. 2014
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This book really helped in identifying two people in my life with narcissistic traits and my mum who exhibits BPD. The constructive advice given was really useful. I shall defiantly be using it to help me deal with their behaviours.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Book review 20 Oct. 2011
By ms. geek - Published on
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I'm not quite through reading this kindle book, and typically do not write reviews - but this annoyed me so much so, that I had to write. There are SO MANY errors in grammar, that it's very disappointing. I find errors on every single page (no joke!). Please, whoever is editing the digital version - could this be corrected...?? Please?

If the errors are corrected, I would be happy to retract this review if possible.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy execution mars otherwise useful book 6 Dec. 2011
By steelpaw - Published on
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This book is clear and to the point. It does what it says it will do - describes various personality disorders and offers tips for dealing with people suffering from them.
However, it reads like a first draft. It is full of sentences like this one: "Borderlines are most much likely to sue their psychotherapists than any other diagnostic category."
Each chapter is on a different personality disorder, and follows the same format. This makes it easy to follow, but it has also led the author into the temptation of cutting and pasting identical or near identical sentences into two or more locations.
The chapters also get shorter as the book progresses. Early chapters have many examples and quite a lot of detail, but the later chapters are very brief and shorn of examples. Perhaps this is because there is less to be said about Paranoid and Schizoid Personality Disorders, but the generally rushed feel of the book also leads the reader to suspect the author just ran out of time or interest as the book progressed.
In short, this book is a useful starter guide to personality disorders. It is cheaper than other books on the subject, and this goes some considerable way towards making its many flaws easier to accept. You may as well buy this to begin with, and then get a more expensive (and presumably better executed) volume later if you feel you need more information.
34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A little OCD can be helpful 6 Nov. 2011
By G. Hoffman - Published on
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In order to review this book, I find it only fair to split my review into two sections - content and presentation.

The content isn't bad, but it isn't remarkable either. If you're looking for a good overview of various personality disorders in layman's terms, you could do far worse than this little volume. I do like the fact that the author presents the information as defensive strategies you, a presumed normal person, might take when confronted with a difficult personality.

As to presentation, this book is abysmal. The grammar issues, dropped words, and poorly structured sentences become, at times, comically distracting. My friends and I spent time reading some of the more choice examples aloud, and much hilarity ensued. Just as bad, I get the sense the author really wanted magazine-style sidebars, which just aren't possible in the Kindle format. The result is that the main flow of discussion is frequently broken up by mini-topics inserted into the main text. Ugh.

Bottom line, the book shows a shocking lack of professionalism or pride in one's work. It made it a little difficult for me to take seriously, and I feel just a bit ripped off. Would it have been too difficult for the author to pass the work off to a friend from some basic proof reading?
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely practical and helpful 5 Dec. 2011
By Madeline Vincent - Published on
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I have been doing a lot of reading on personality disorders lately due to having regular professional contact with a couple of people I found inexplicably impossible to deal with. This book has been extremely helpful in identifying such people and communicating with them more effectively. I love the subtitle, because these people can be "crazy-making" if you don't recognize what is happening.

On the issue of the typographical errors as noted by several other reviewers, there are quite a lot, which will hopefully be corrected in the next addition, but I still think the book is fantastic for a lay person looking for practical solutions for dealing with impossible people, so I would not let the comments about typos stop me from reading it.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Sure 26 Sept. 2011
By M. Gino Brogdon Sr. - Published on
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I read this book twice and LOVED it. As a former judge and a practicing trial lawyer, I found this book invaluable and uniquely insightful. Dr. O'Donohue's ability is remarkable in distilling complex psychological concepts and translating the same into hands-on, useful tools for dealing with difficult personalities. Every professional or any other person who works in a corporate environment should read this book. After reading this book, I am much more able to deal with the myriad of peculiar personalities in the legal profession. Thank you, Dr. O'Donohue for this great work.
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