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Toxic Coworkers: How to Deal with Dysfunctional People on the Job

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We’ve all worked with someone “difficult,” someone who could always be trusted to blow up to space out or do or say something wildly inappropriate. As it happens, those of us who concluded “the guy’s just nuts” were right: a fair number of those impossible-to-get-along-with employees actually do have full-fledged personality disorders. In Toxic Coworkers, the authors help ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by New Harbinger Publications (first published January 15th 2000)
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Margaret
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people in need of insight to extraordinarily difficult coworkers
I read this a few years ago when I thought I was going crazy because someone else's psychosis in the workplace was so severe that it projected itself into every aspect of my life. It grounds you if you are dealing with a situation that is manipulative bordering on scary.

I think this is a great overview of the scary underbelly of that REALLY difficult coworker. It has an ominous title with an equally "Steven King" type cover (much more dramatic than necessary) but gets to the heart of what is goi
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Duane
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I stumbled across this book when I went into a coffee shop and then wandered into the inevitable adjacent bookstore. I just started in reading it and you could hear me yell "HOLY CRAP!" all over the bookstore when I got to the section on "Schizoid Personality Disorder". It was a *perfect* description of our manager, whose bizarre, disconnected behavior was just sort of tacitly accepted by everyone around him. ( And we're talking *weapons grade* weird, here... for instance, when one of our co-wor ...more
Steven Peterson
Oct 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting little book. It identifies some basic personality disorders and then speculates on how one might deal with such folks to limit the damage that they might do.

What is a personality disorder? The authors note that (page 4) "Personality disorders are long-standing disturbances in personality that usually begin in late adolescence and continue until adulthood." If the case is not too bad, such workers can be productive; if the disorder is pronounced, then real problems can occ
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Neil and Elodie Goodman
Jan 22, 2008 added it
Recommends it for: Anyone dealing with academia
To tell you the truth, I had bought this book when I was facing a very toxic colleague. Within a week of purchasing it, that person decided that she will take a sick leave, and the book has been sitting idly on my table. Soon, though, it will be read. After Susan Sontag's "On Photography".
Lisa
Jun 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
This was not what I was expecting. It's basically a summary of clinical descriptions of different personality disorders. It's clear that we all have some characteristics of these disorders, but I was looking for more practical advice on creating harmony and improving morale at work.
Jennifer
Jun 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Quite helpful. Sadly everyone will recognize some of their coworkers in this one
Renee
Mar 30, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is best used a reference book. It covers all of the personality disorders as well as some common disorders (e.g. anxiety, ADHD).
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