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What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don't?: Social Skills Help for Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Paperback – Oct 1 1999

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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Specialty Press/A.D.D. Warehouse (Oct. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886941343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886941342
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Strongly recommended for adults whose attentional problems have impacted upon their ability to understand and respond to everyday social signals.”  —Richard Lavoie, host, Last One Picked . . . First One Picked On

About the Author

Michele Novotni, PhD, is a psychologist and the author of Adult ADD. She lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Randy Petersen lives in Westville, New Jersey.


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This book was not as useful for me as I'd hoped. There are many reasons that ADD adults have small social circles and poor social skills. For some people who have never learned the fundamentals of interacting appropriately with others, this book might prove very useful (if you always seem to be wearing the wrong thing or a group of people stares at you uncomfortably when you talk). For others, who have the basics down, there is little to be found here on maintaining relationships, or learning how to find balance between alone-time and socializing - when socializing is such hard work. In this sense, it felt like it would have been a good first half of a book, but was missing the second half. Nonetheless, few of us are perfect, and it did have some useful reminders for those of us with ADD (if I don't look at someone when they're talking, it doesn't seem that I'm listening even if I am).
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I don't have ADD but I think I'm married to one and step-parenting two and probably have a brother-in-law and a father-in-law that are ADD, also. I laughed out loud at times while reading this book because it described family gatherings perfectly -- the loud, simultaneous "conversations" at dinner, the late-arriver who can never get there on time, the rapid-paced gasping monologues when one recognizes a subject as something he knows about, the conversations carried on from one floor of the house to a remote room on another -- and they all think it's normal! Whether my family by marriage is ADD-riddled or not, they ACT that way and this book was helpful in helping me recognize all the "rude" activity that stems from this, what are appropriate responses from ME, and, well, how to cope. It also made clear what social rules need to be made explicit because they are NOT going to be "picked up" by social experience.
Finally, I have a daughter with a genetic syndrome that, among other things, gives her a personality like a high-functioning autistic. I have had to teach her every social rule she knows because she cannot just pick them up by being around others. This book is a good set of skills to use as a checklist that I have taught her all of the essentials. It's obviously targeted to ADDs but its usefulness is not limited to them.
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I must admit I was first some what turned off by this book. I felt insulted by some of the simple suggestions. As I read more into the book ,I began to find it helpful. It does offer some great suggestions and advice for both simple and more complex social skills.
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There are so many clinical books about AD/HD, but this book is different. It goes behind the diagnosis, treatment and struggles to talk about an often missed area of problem...the social skills area. Without addressing this, the person continues to function without knowing how he comes across in the world. Even the brightest person can alienate others in the social settings and work settings too. I also love the very emotional book of The Other Me, Poetic thoughts on ADD for adults, kids and parents, by Fellman. It touched my heart so...I cried for all those painful times. Thanks to these two authors for addressing the feelings of ADD!
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Michele Novotni, in only her second book, has established herself an expert on the subject of ADD. Her other book, Adult ADD, was also excellent and very helpful. Novotni's newest release provides advice that ADDers can apply to their daily lives. Although some of the subjects may seem simple at a glance, Novotni provides valuable insights and points out things that you may never have realized about yourself and about how ADD effects you before. I strongly reccomend that anyone with ADD, or anyone who just wants to read an outstanding and well written book, purchase this title today.
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I recently finished reading Michele Novotni's groundbreaking book, "What does everybody else know that I don't?" The book provides very useful and practical insights that can be applied to the everyday life of a person with ADD. Although the ideas and concepts are brilliant, Novotni manages to tailor the messages so that an average reader can understand them. I reccomend that anyone who wants to improve their relationships with others read this book.
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I found it to be very insightful as the spouse to my ADD husband and mother of an ADD adult child. I only wish I had read it ten years ago as it would have saved some heartache! My other wish would be that the book were available on cassette or CD-Rom. My spouse cannot read this book, even with the reader-friendly innovations the writer has done to make it easier for ADD people to read. I find most books for him must be on CD or I have to read it to him.
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Simply put, this book proves to be the most insightful and valuable ADD resource I have come across. Having had the pleasure of befriending several individuals with ADD, I am familiar with many of the issues Novotni brings about in her book. Her text certainly has helped to improve my understanding on this topic, and I truly believe her work can be of benefit to everyone.
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