The Angry Smile Perfect Paperback – Apr 15 2009
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The book gives clear examples and how to tackle the problem.
Passive aggressives would also benefit reading the book because it is hard for others to like them. PA may think they are smarter, but they lose, in the long run.
I would recommend this book highly and encourage it to be supplied to all teachers.
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I. What is passive aggression ("P-A")? [chapts 1-4]
II. Identifying P-A behaviors [chapts 5-8]
III. Changing P-A behaviors [chapts 9-12]
1. The secret world of P-A
2. Developmental pathways to a P-A personality
3. Reasons people use P-A behaviors
4. The 5 levels of P-A behavior
5. P-A behaviors at home
6. P-A behaviors at school
7. P-A behaviors in marriage & extended family
8. P-A behaviors in the workplace
9. Counter P-A behavior
10. The P-A conflict cycle
11. Changing responses to P-A behavior
12. Benign confrontation of P-A behavior
A. Additional examples of benign confrontation
The authors tell us at the outset that this book is a write-up of years of research and presenting seminars for people who suffer from P-A personality or are subjected to such people. The book is full of examples of troubled youth, anxious professionals, conflicted parents, contradictory spouses, hostile coworkers, and resistant bosses. I'd have to say it seemed like this book comprehensively examined P-A behavior and Counter P-A behavior. I highly recommend anyone involved in (and suffering) a P-A conflict cycle to read this book. It should help you better understand your problem and put you in a position to take steps to dig your way out.
P-A behavior can be very destructive. If you suffer from it, then this book can help you learn what it is, learn how to recognize when you do it, and then stop doing it. If you are subjected to someone inflicting P-A behavior on you, then this book can help you learn what it is, learn how to recognize it, and then avoid it. 5 stars!
Dr.Elisabeth Hess Rice, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, The George Washington University
Department of Teacher Preparation and Special Education
Passive-aggressiveness is a difficult behavior to deal with. This type of behavior often throws even the most seasoned person off kilter. We can do two things in response to this type of behavior, we can change our response, and we can try to change the behavior. While we can't always change the behavior of the passive-aggressive person, there is the hope that we can always change our response.
If you are in management or deal with people on a regular basis this manual could be helpful to you. It's not just for teachers or mental health care workers. Very valuable information, especially if you are plagued with confusion over why one particular person pushes every button you've got and some you didn't know you had.
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