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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Backinprint.Com (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595089003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595089000
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,599,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...offers sobering insight into the human costs of modern success." -- Daniel Goleman, The New York Times

About the Author

Douglas LaBier, Ph.D., directs the Center for Adult Development in Washington, D.C. A psychologist and writer, he conducts psychotherapy, consults to organizations, and conducts workshops and seminars on human development in the workplace and in personal lives.

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Douglas LaBier, Ph.D. is a business psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in Washington, DC; and Director of the Center for Progressive Development. He writes about creating an integrated life in a new era of constant turbulence, interconnection, and unpredictable change.

As a business psychologist, Dr. LaBier consults to senior executives and senior management teams on ways to integrate personal and career development with positive leadership practices. These include strategies to support individual growth, team collaboration, social responsibility, and sustainable practices; all necessary for evolving towards an emerging business model combining financial success with serving the common good.

As a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, Dr. LaBier helps individuals and couples resolve emotional conflicts that impact their personal life goals, intimate and family relationships, career development and transitions. His focus includes building emotional resiliency, self-awareness and psychological health in the context of today's turbulent, unpredictable and globalized environment. He helps men and women create more integration, sense of life purpose and human connection in their lives - the key challenge to adults from about 35 onward.

Dr. LaBier's long-standing focus on the psychology of the career culture, human development and the interplay between work and psychological health grew from the work he first wrote about in his highly acclaimed book, MODERN MADNESS. A pioneering examination of how work and career within organizations affect emotional and values conflict, it was cited by Daniel Goleman in the New York Times as "In the vanguard...offering sobering insights into the costs of modern success." it explained why personal and career-related conflicts are often caused, paradoxically, by successful adaptation to the roles, pressures, and culture within organizations and careers.

Dr. LaBier has published regularly in the popular press, and his work has been the subject of frequent coverage by national print and broadcast media, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications. He's been a frequent guest on national TV and radio shows over the years regarding issues of psychological health within current political and social culture.

He has served as a faculty member of the Washington School of Psychiatry; a Fellow of the Research Council of Healthy Companies, a nonprofit organization supported by the MacArthur Foundation; and a consultant to Lee Hecht Harrison, a global leadership and career development firm. He previously served on the staff of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. LaBier is currently working on a new book project that redefines psychological health and emotional resilience in today's world and how to build it -- in personal lives, at the workplace, and in our responsibilities as global citizens in today's highly interconnected, unpredictable and tumultuous world.

He can be reached at dlabier@centerprogressive.org

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was a recommended text in my Organizational Behavior class. I'll need a new copy because I have underlined and highlighted so much of the text! Dr. LaBier has deftly identified theoretical and practical "gaps" in the fields of clinical psychology, organizational psychology, organizational development and management consulting. The Big Question ... What type of organizational context/environment are individuals being encouraged to adapt to? The personal costs of so-called healthy adjustment to one's work environment often include suffering from symptoms of value conflicts, negative coping and overadapting? These symptoms are exacerbated if you are a healthy well-adjusted individual. They are significantly diminished if you are an individual whose daily interactions are already rife with maladaptive behaviors! Have you discovered that many managers and leaders seem to make others sick? Then you've been exposed to the individual that Dr. LaBier describes in great detail. The workplace winner could be a very disturbed individual whose mental aberrations are valued as strengths in our workplaces. Unchecked, these individuals spread malaise, low morale, mistrust and other damaging workplace dynamics.
One of the key paradoxes illuminated in this book... what are the implications for individuals and society when the maladaptive individual can adjust and flourish in a corporate (disturbed) environment and the healthy, adjusted person is depleted mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually by the same (disturbed) environment? What are the responsibilities of organizational experts whose primary task is to develop or "fix" individuals or teams so they may successfully "adjust" to their disturbed work environments? There are positive and negative repercussions to the pursuit of career success, Dr. LaBier encourages his readers to question the assumption that adaptiveness equates to healthy functioning.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By calmly on June 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Corporations often don't like to expose how workers are treated. That can make it extremely difficult, if you are seeking a job at a particular company, or looking for a job in a new career.

Labier, unexpectedly, uncovered damning evidence of what the modern work world can be like.

As a psychiatrist treating people in white-collar professionals who were bothered by their jobs, he used standard psychological tests as a quantitative tool. He hit upon the idea of going to the companies where these people to find out, using the same psychological tests, what the people who liked their jobs were like.

The results floored him. There was a significant difference but not in the direction he had expected: on a dominance-submissive scale, people who liked their white-collar corporate jobs tended to either be significantly more dominant or significantly more submissive.

Labier apparently made an effort to call this state of affairs to the governments attention. If you are an individual bothered by your white-collar job, it's possible you are facing the kinds of dominant or submissive co-workers Labier uncovered. When you throw in the downsizing, belittlement and growing gap between worker and executive compensation seen in the 1990's and 2000's, it isn't that hard to believe what Labier found, is it? So which comes first, do the corporate practices attracts the dominants and submissives or is it the other way around? Best to be as much out of the way as possible, perhaps.

At the least, it can be helpful to understand how psychologically unhealthly a corporate atmosphere can be - as confirmed using standard psychological tests by a psychiatrist testing inside corporations.
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