Toxic Coworkers: How to Deal with Dysfunctional People on the Job Paperback – Oct 1 2000
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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
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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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.
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.
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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I strongly recommend this book for anyone seeking to find help with frequent feelings of loneliness or emptiness, mood disorders, any type of addiction, identity issues,... Read morePublished on June 23 2004
This book explains why Rob in accounting can be such a jerk at times. In other words, it assesses and explains personality disorders in the context of the workplace. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2002 by Jason
Then you should read this book. This book examines personality disorders in the context of the workplace. It explains why that jerk in accounting is a jerk. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2002 by Jason
A great book to read, to help you learn how to deal with those "dysfunctional" people at the workplace.Published on Oct. 28 2002
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