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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572242191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572242197
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Toxic Coworkers helps us make sense of work relationships that defy logic and consume our day. It is the perfect tool to help us understand and manage difficult people, the result of which is increased productivity and decreased frustration on the job."
- Heidi Remak, M.A., CEAP, Manager, EAP, Lucent Technologies

"In the tradition of Robert Ringer's Winning Through Intimidation and Wayne Dyer's Your Erroneous Zones , Cavaiola and Lavender have made a big leap forward in showing how important psychological insights and principles can be readily applied to everyday problems in the workplace. From now on I'll be handing frustrated employees, administrators, and executives a copy of Toxic Coworkers , an dI'll feel confident that they will have a powerful tool for dealing with the dysfunctional people and warped behavior they encounter on the job."
-Dr. Robert J. Phillips, President, Corporate Extension Services, Providing Organizational Development, Team-building, Personnel Problem Resolutions, and Executive Coaching

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About the Author

Alan A. Cavaiola, PhD, is a professor and member of the graduate faculty in the department of psychological counseling at Monmouth University. He is also a licensed psychologist and clinical alcohol and drug counselor. He is the coauthor of Toxic Coworkers and Impossible to Please.


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By A Customer on Nov. 1 2000
Format: Paperback
I took my first managerial postition and a few months ago and was aware of an ongoing situation with a few of my co-workers who were now my responsibilty. Toxic Co-workers laid out a variety of disfunctional personality types but more importantly described how to deal with them in layman's terms. I can see this book as a staple for anyone in today's fast paced work environment that has to deal with a Toxic Co-Worker! It has helped me tremendously.
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This book is what I expected and hoped for - it has provided some insight into different personalities that one may encounter not only in the workplace, but in other areas of life as well. I haven't started to "diagnose" people with personality disorders...it's not a whole bunch of years worth of post secondary education wrapped up in a couple hundred pages!
I have always enjoyed people-watching and seeing how people communicate with each other. What I find most interesting is that I am more aware of different characteristics (even after being just a few chapters in) and more importantly what that has done for me personally - in that have altered how I communicate with people.
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By A Customer on June 10 2003
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This book is a mix of material lifted from the DSM IV (or whatever it's called today) and some anecdotal stories from the authors' own experiences, with some recommendations for 'dealing with type X' as a manager, employee, or coworker.
I'm reminded that the field of psychology would diagnose the majority of us with some form of disorder at some point in our lives, and the authors have extended this to the corporate world in a way that would label nearly everyone I've worked with in my career as suffering from one or more personality disorders. I can only think of a couple who really caused problems. The authors are overly-broad in their categorizations. For example, if your employees think your requests are unreasonable, then they must be passive agressive whiners. But you are narcisisstic or obsessive compulsive for making these requests.
One disappointment is that 'toxic workplaces' aren't mentioned until the second to the last page. Maybe some of the behavior that they describe as disorders are actually reasonable reactions for people in a toxic workplace. The authors describe large corporations, the government, and the military as being a good place for people of this or that disorder. Maybe working for the government makes you that way, not the other way around!
I didn't find much here that would be of help in dealing with bosses or coworkers. I think the various 'dilbert' books would be more genuinely useful, as well as more amusing. I think that most people just want to do their jobs with a minimum of corporate nonsense so that they can enjoy their lives outside of work with their remaining free time, which is why those of us who are not blessed with great wealth are enduring what for most of us are toxic workplaces.
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WORKING IN AN OFFICE YOU CAN BE DEALING WITH ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE.SOME THAT CAN GET YOU ON YOUR NERVES AND SOME THAT HAVE REAL PERSONALITY DISOREDERS. READING THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU HOW TO DEAL WITH ANY TYPE OF DISORDER. IT CAN BE YOUR BOSS, EMPLOYEE OR COWORKER. AFTER READING THIS BOOK AND APPLYING ALL THE INFORMATION THAT YOU LEARNED YOU WILL SEEE YOU'LL HAVE A MUCH EASIER TIME DEALING WITH THEM.
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There are five books that everyone should own: The Bible, the dictionary, anything by Mark Twain or Dickens, Cat in the Hat, and TOXIC COWORKERS. This book is a must have for psycology students and anyone with a job! Cavaiola and Lavender share their insight on a level that is easy to understand, yet not insulting to the intellect. Read it from cover to cover, or use it as a hand book; either way, if you want to know about the people you know and work with, turn here! I believe that you'll find their style inviting to readers of any level and their nonjudgemental tone comforting. Do not forsake the reading of this book!
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By A Customer on Sept. 23 2001
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Toxic Coworkers: How To Deal With Dysfunctional People On The Job
is a book that can help anyone that finds themselves in a working situation that is "difficult" to effectively and appropriately respond to. Many work atmospheres change over the years, some for the better, and some for the worse. This book helps you to regain
a better perspective of the work situation you may currently find yourself in. While you may not find answers to your particular situation, it is comforting to find acknowledement of the problem.
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