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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071608729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071608725
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ALBERT J. BERNSTEIN, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, bestselling author, and nationally recognized expert in conflict resolution. His work on psychological issues in the workplace has been featured in Men's Health, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Parents, Best Life, and other publications.


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Dr. Al Bernstein is a Clinical Psychologist, Business Consultant and author. Over the past 30 years, he has worked with individual clients of all kinds and consulted with businesses large and small. His writing reflects the variety of his experiences as well as his humor and solid common sense. His books offer step-by-step instructions for dealing with difficult people and situations. Two of them, Dinosaur Brains, on the role of instincts in business, and Emotional Vampires on personality disorders are considered classics in their respective fields.
Born, raised and educated in Virginia, Dr. Al now lives in Oregon with his wife, children, granddaughter, two dogs and three cats.

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The book is well written, easy to understand, and memorable.
Kate H. Kelley
Once again, Dr. Bernstein has created a work that offers outstanding survival tips for human resource problems.
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It's up to you and what you are willing to let go... really let go.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Anderson on August 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This guy is really good. I've read a couple of his books, and have always been impressed how much wisdom and honesty there are in them.

This book strikes me as particularly realistic. Instead of the typical pablum about teamwork, growth, etc., he really lays it on the line. Let's face it: the typical organization is rather dysfunctional, politics are big, not everybody you meet has it all together, you have to play the game, it's not what you know ... all that good stuff.

His basic thrust is that this is reality. You can stew about it, you can complain about it, you can worry about it, but none of that really changes anything. So, if you want to do something about it, you have to basically start with yourself. You have to determine what you can do (and very little of that involves the full frontal assault that is so tempting to the disgruntled) and go ahead and actually do it. At the same time, you also have to keep in mind that there are a ton of things you simply cannot change.

The advice seems really spot-on. My guess is it comes, not from speculating about what might or should be, but from lots and lots of talking with real people on the couch.

On the other hand, I'm giving this only 4 stars because it seemed to be perhaps a little TOO realistic. At points, I got a feeling that he was simply telling me to just suck it up - or to just grow up. He also very straightforwardly says to suck up and to be a bit of a phony.

I think there's a lot of truth to these, but would have appreciated a little more selling on his part, maybe a little more nuance. I know a lot of these things are true, but it doesn't make me like them any more. How do I deal with that dissonance?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kate H. Kelley on August 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I feel empowered and smart after reading, Am I the only SANE ONE working here? Dr. Albert Bernstein offers practical solutions to everyday problems in the workplace. The solutions include guidance on how I can make the change happen without expectation of others changing first. I recall following the survival solutions for defusing anger and had immediate results because my actions changed the other person's response. The book is well written, easy to understand, and memorable. It is the kind of book you will want to reference when issues arise. I was amazed at how this author could come up with something so useful. It's a must read for anyone who wants to understand how to survive and even thrive in the workplace. Kate Kelley
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Wertheimer III on August 5, 2009
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I have read other books by Dr. Bernstein. His grasp of the realities of the workplace is superb. His presentation is understandable and frequently humorous. I enthusiastically recommend this book for its wisdom and its entertainment value.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donna Miller on August 11, 2009
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There are a million different books out there telling people how to better deal with the workplace, but this is the only one you'll need. Always insightful and often humorous, this book is laid out so that one can go straight to their own singular problem at work or find overall strategies for dealing with the entire workplace culture. Whether you are the everday worker bee or the top dog, this book provides plenty of examples, solutions and strategies to best deal with the workplace, and one's place in it. Truly, a survival guide for the madness of everyday work!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Hall on September 19, 2009
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Dr. Bernstein is Practical yet profound. He has an answer for almost everthing. The book like all his others offers skill after skill on how to deal with difficult people and difficult situations. The problem with most books like this is the solutions they offer are almost impossible to apply . The exact opposite is true with this book. Once you begin doing these techniques there impossible to stop!!!! They are habit forming and will stay with you the rest of your life.
Dr. Bernstein is no armchair philosopher and its clear that he has a firm grasp on what he is talking about. Its a rare find, somone who can teach, and knows what the heck they are talking about. That is what we have here. Dr. Bernstein offers us not just a book but a new lifestyle at work. Like Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond Tiger Woods or anyone else who is great at what they do this man has truly found his calling and it shows. - C.Hall
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Howell on August 13, 2009
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Everybody plans out the hours of the work-day to attend meetings, see clients, work on projects and so forth. But what do you do when you are constantly encountering co-workers who get you off-course and sap your energy, or worse, interfere with your productivity and hurt your reputation? They are out there, but usually so self-absorbed they don't know they're a problem. Bernstein identifies the full range of troublemakers, from liars and toxic gossipers, to depressed complainers and racist or sexist jokesters. He's dead-on in describing their M.Os.--the patterns of what they say and do--and how they become quicksand: the more you try to deal with them, the more stuck you are. Dr. Bernstein gives the tactics you need, both what to do and what to say. The book is filled with great one-liners that are polite but also keep you safe from the quicksand effect: for example responding to the woes of a depressed-complainer by saying, "So what are you going to do about it?" or saying to a sexist, "What you just said makes me uncomfortable." As I've practiced these tactics I've come to realize how right Dr. Bernstein is in saying that no matter what you do, these people will not change. They have only one way of swinging the bat, and you've got to learn to throw pitches they can't hit. When you can do that, you can control these encounters. No business could survive without a strategic plan--that is, a plan that takes into account conditions in the market. Spending a day with a bunch of nutso co-workers also needs a strategic plan which Bernstein's book provides. Cross reference this book with your day-planner. You'll be working on your own terms and you'll get more done.
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