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Beginner's Guide to Office Boxing: The How-To's of Workplace Self-Defense Paperback – May 4, 2012
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I work for a large corporation as a business analyst, so I expect the time intensive and demanding atmosphere at my office. But within four months of a particular supervisor moving to my department, I noticed that my mind and body were suffering. By the time I discovered and ordered Beginner's Guide, I had worked for this supervisor for over two years. By this time I was having trouble getting through the day. I now dreaded the work I used to love. I felt sick to my stomach each evening at the thought of facing my supervisor the next morning and I would find myself trembling and crying at the drop of a hat. My ability to focus was gone. I would have difficulty sleeping yet found the need for more and more sleep. Even my ability to mother my children suffered. I experienced much guilt over becoming a short-tempered, screaming mother and a zombie of a wife to a great husband. Within two years I had changed from a confident and lively woman into a self-loathing shell of a person. My energy had become so low that I almost tossed The Beginner's Guide to Office Boxing aside. For some reason though, I decided to go to bed early and started reading.
I was hooked from the first page. In fact, I began to feel energy and excitement as I read! I wondered at how these authors could so completely understand my work situation. HR could not help me because my supervisor had not violated any laws. Even my best friends and family (who have patiently listened to my work stories this whole time), could not fully understand. When I reached the end of the book I started again at the beginning, more carefully this time, and WOW!! There was my supervisor on the pages before me! I am still stunned by the simple precision of the different personality disorder types and the methods for dealing with each kind of abuser.
When I passed on Office Boxing to a couple of beleaguered coworkers I got the same reactions! I saw and heard how excited they were that someone could really "get" just how serious and damaging our work situation was. I can now understand why these personality disordered types do not fall into the category of people you can negotiate with. The authors offer REAL solutions and a whole new idea of what it means to protect yourself and thrive at the office. My energy and hope for the future are now back and I have Office Boxing to thank for it!
Much praise and many thanks to the authors of Beginner's Guide to Office Boxing!