Taming Toxic People

Taming Toxic People

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Psychopaths are often thought of as killers and rapists, but up to 10 per cent of people are probably psychopathic without being criminals. Science suggests psychopaths don't have empathy. Although charming in the early stages of a relationship or employment, they will leave you feeling cheated and humiliated, will dominate and manipulate you, denying reality to the point where you question your sanity. Psychopaths derive power from creating chaos that renders the rest of us immobile with confusion and resentment. The everyday psychopath is at best disruptive, and at worst highly dangerous to your day-to-day life. At a societal level, their presence in powerful positions can be disastrous. Psychopaths have always been around, Gillespie argues, but were traditionally constrained by social disapproval. But as community-building institutions dissolve, so does our ability to use social tools to constrain the psychopaths among us. Taming Toxic People is a practical guide to restraining the difficult person in your life, be it your boss, your spouse or a parent. It is also a serious and meticulously researched warning if we value a free and well-functioning society: if we don't understand and act to manage psychopathic behaviour, Trump is only the beginning.
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : 2017. Pan Macmillan,
ISBN: 9781743535875
Branch Call Number: ANF 616.8582 GILL
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 20, 2018

With our current consumer society fostering psychopathy over empathy, encountering toxic personalities is becoming more common. David Gillespie explores who they are, how they function, and how best to handle them if you ever need to.

Jan 28, 2018

As usual, David Gillespie is a brilliant writer, keeping a potentially dry subject fascinating. If you have ever questioned your own sanity in a relationship, be it work, home or family, you really should read this book.

Nov 15, 2017

Interesting reading. It confirmed what I suspected about a former boss I had some years ago.

I don't entirely agree with the brief explanation of the difference between a psychopath and a narcissist - based on my experience and research, having a narcissist in the family. The traits of these personality disorders overlap quite a lot, and I believe with narcissism (as with autism) there is a 'spectrum' from one extreme to the other - and at the 'worst' end, the traits are closest to those of the psychopath.

However I think Gillespie's suggestions for how to deal with a psychopath would probably also help when dealing with a narcissist.

Oct 26, 2017

EXCELLENT book!!! Very thought provoking, disturbing read which is presented in an easy to read format. I could not put it down as I found the subject matter riveting!

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