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- File Size: 2600 KB
- Print Length: 215 pages
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- Publisher: Lucky Bat Books (9 Jun. 2011)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0055DYWWE
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Difficult Personalities: It's Not You; It's Them Kindle Edition
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If the errors are corrected, I would be happy to retract this review if possible.
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.
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?
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.