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Personality Disorders: The Next Level,
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This review is from: Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition (Paperback)
I have already posted a review of the original version of "Emotional Vampires" that has helped at least one person in their purchasing decision. Now, with regard to the revised and expanded Second Edition, I also give it 5 stars and encourage anyone who finds themselves navigating the shark-infested waters of living with/working with/associating with a person afflicted with a personality disorder to order it right away and study it like a Talmudic scholar.
Which version should you buy? Buy the original version if you are just starting out in learning about personality disorders. The original version is written for the novice, and shows each personality type defined and described to perfection. Dr. Bernstein will give you tips at the end of each personality type for dealing with their tantrums, tirades, schemes, alternate states of reality, hypnosis, paranoid delusions, aloofness, passive-aggressive assaults, and eyebrow-raising verbal cues.
However, if you already have some experience diagnosing personality disorders and want a more in-depth look, then I encourage you to get the Second Edition. Here you will find a wealth of information on drama queens, bullies, control freaks, daredevils, used car salesmen (not the actual, but maybe also the actual), lovable rogues, gossip queens, the terminally depressed, narcissistic legends, tiger moms, puritans and perfectionists.
Whew! The list is long and tiring, but think about it, if you don't have this trusty book hidden underneath your mattress, how could you possibly navigate a world full of Emotional Vampires? And in the age of the Kardashians, Facebook, iphones, botox, Paris Hilton, and Narcissistic politicians in high office, there may be more of THEM than there are of US.
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Initial post: Sep 20, 2012 11:56:53 AM PDT
Rose Red says:
What a fantastically hilarious feedback! I've had it on my wish list for a while now, but I'll be ordering it asap!! thanks! :-)
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2013 7:52:28 AM PDT
ive added this to my wish list too. i discovered that my husband has a personality disorder and just yesterday I thought of my parents as puritans in the way they judge me and others. they go through periods of" disowning" me or other family members. they disowned my uncle and rest of the family because my cousin marries someone who was different and my uncle accepted it and the resulting child. I dont think my dad will accept or get over this. i used to wonder why my parents would own and disown me off and on over the years and cold shoulder me. now i realize that my parents do it to themselves and in turn are ultimately the loosers in life. life goes in whether they approve of others or not. they miss out on grandchildren and family events due to their puritan views and strangely they are not religious and do not hide behind religion to justify their views. funny to see that this label does actually exist. wow !! I cant wait to read this book !!!
In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2013 7:13:20 PM PDT
I urge you to study this book in great detail. It's literally a lifesaver. But since you mention quite a few instances of "disowning" and "cold-shouldering", let me also recommend Dr. Laura Schlessinger's book, "Surviving a Shark Attack (On Land) LP: Overcoming Betrayal and Dealing with Revenge". Dr. Laura's book is more about coming with betrayal, the aftermath of the vampire attacks of Dr. Bernstein's books. Good luck to you and Godspeed!
In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2013 7:14:05 PM PDT
Hi Rose Red, I hope by now you have read the book and you are an expert in avoiding and deflecting vampire attacks!
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