- Paperback: 273 pages
- Publisher: Janis Publications (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0973439645
- ISBN-13: 978-0973439649
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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High Conflict People in Legal Disputes Paperback – 2006
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More About the Author
He provides seminars on mental health issues for judges, attorneys, and mediators, and seminars on law and ethics for mental health professionals. He has taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law and serves as adjunct faculty at the National Judicial College and Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University. His articles have appeared in national law and counseling journals. He is the author of several books, including BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People, It's All Your Fault! 12 Tips for Handling People Who Blame Others for Everything, Don't Alienate the Kids: Raising Resilient Children While Avoiding High Conflict Divorce, High Conflict People in Legal Disputes and SPLITTING: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Bill has been a speaker in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, France, Sweden, and Australia. He has become an authority and consultant on the subject of high conflict personalities for family law professionals, employee assistance and human resource professionals, ombudspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners associations, and others.
Bill obtained his law degree in 1992 from the University of San Diego, a Master's of Social Work degree in 1981 from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1970 from Case Western Reserve University. He began his career as a youth social worker in a changing neighborhood in New York City and first became involved in mediation in 1975 in San Diego.
Top Customer Reviews
Once you have decided to leave, you might find books on divorce and domestic violence. Again, these books will be helpful up to a point, but they usually don't deal with individual differences. In other words, there are various types of difficult individuals. If you can identify the type you are dealing with, you will be in a better position to respond appropriately, in ways that are in your best interests.
This book on High Conflict Personalities is much more consistent with your needs. The book outlines the basics of four "Cluster B" personality disorders (Borderline, Narcissistic, Antisocial, Histrionic). It outlines all sorts of case histories/horror stories, and then offers insightful problem-solving strategies. Because this book is unlike other books available and because of the high quality of the advice provided, this book is a "must read." An especially helpful aspect of this book is its calm emphasis on facts, research, and realistic expectations. The author knows his topic inside and out. He has many years of experience resolving disputes with personality-disordered individuals.Read more ›
Table of Contents: Part I: Understanding High Conflict Personalities. 1) The Problem: Personalities Drive Conflict, 2) The Pattern: An Enduring Pattern of Blame, 3) Borderline Personalities: Love You, Hate You, 4) Narcissistic Personalities: I'm Very Superior, 5) Antisocial Personalities: Con Artists, 6) Histrionic Personalities: Always Dramatic, 7) The Enablers: Family, Friends & Professionals. Part II: Managing & Resolving Their Disputes. 8) Bonding: Providing Security & Limits, 9)Structure: Containing Emotions & Focusing On Tasks, 10) Reality Testing: Cognitive Distortions & Legal Standards, 11) Consequences: Motivating Reflection & Behavior Change, 12) A United Approach: The Key to Resolving High-Conflict Disputes
Avoid triggering fears of abandonment (Histrionic), inferiority (Narcissistic), domination (Antisocial), or neglect (Histrionic).
Chapter 1 Summary (pg. 26)
The problem: personalities drive conflict.
HCP Enduring Pattern of Behavior:
1. chronic feelings of internal distress
2. thinks the cause is external
3. behaves inappropriately to relieve distress
4. distress continues unrelieved
5.Read more ›
It turns out that when the people who do resolve their disputes are taken out of the legal system relatively quickly, many of the people left are easily quantifiable: they are people with a High Conflict Personality (HCP). These are the people who drive excessive conflict, ethical complaints and even violence. Recognizing and understanding at least the general nature of the personality issues involved leads to practical solutions.
This is the premise of William Eddy's book High Conflict People in Legal Disputes, Janis Publications, Inc. 2006. Unlike other researchers who are all coming up with the same conclusion, Eddy offers an in depth and easy understanding of the problem, and more importantly, he is the only author to date to offer comprehensive and practical solutions for dealing with High Conflict People. His book is a lighthouse
to what may be the most significant new issue for the legal profession: recognizing people with High Conflict Personalities, and finding solutions to limit the conflict they want to drive.
The 4 personality characteristics/disorders of the DSM IV Cluster B, is at the center of problem: narcissists, borderlines, anti-socials and histrionics. What distinguishes people in this group as HCP's, the touchstone perhaps, is a persistent pattern of avoiding responsibility and placing blame on others, driven by their fears and unhealthy perceptions of reality.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this book has a useful focus on stay calm. However, beyond that area it is very limited in both its understanding of high conflict people and in conveying the reality of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by mj
Amazingly accurate and well written! This book helped me understand the behaviors of high conflict people in legal disputes and custody battles. Wow!Published 19 months ago by Ken Shaddox
Very helpful analysis of the various types of personality disorders and how they function in litigation. This should be required reading for any individual who goes into the law. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jeannette E. Hanna
This author is both a mental health professional and a family law attorney. This book helped me understand many if my own reactions and I have been much more effective since... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Woowoo Aristo
Quick little guide that can save you some big headaches. The only downside is that you'll start diagnosing friends and family with personality disorders...Published on July 29, 2013 by O.S.
Looks of interesting issues with useful analysis and actions. No ither words to get to the required number for your web response.Published on June 23, 2013 by Leo P.
Book was recommended by senior management for the HR Professionals where I work who provide advise and counsel to clients. It is a great book!Published on October 12, 2012 by Mflee02