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Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition Paperback – June 15, 2012
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Albert J. Bernstein, Ph. D., is a clinical psychologist, speaker, columnist, and business consultant. Dr. Bernstein is also the author of Dinosaur Brains, Neanderthals at Work, and Sacred Bull.
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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.
Audience: Two groups: 1. people who don't understand certain other people's behavior and 2. people who feel emotionally drained
Style: Fairly entertaining and a tad lurid for a self-help book. However it reinforces the point of how over-the-top bad EV's can be
One of the best books about dealing with people in the workplace and things like church groups or HOAs or social clubs that I've ever seen. If, like many people, you feel there is something off in the dynamic of some group of people you're part of - this book could literally save your sanity!
Still, as people are divided in different categories in this book and as much he is pointing out traits we may find undesirable in others, he also shows the other side of the coin, where these traits that may be emotionally or energetically draining in one context, are useful in another and how we need in our society people with all these different kinds of traits.
I also agree with another reviewer who mentioned Wayne Dyer's book Pulling Your Own Strings, which instead of labelling people or making fun of human weaknesses, actually provides helpful and specific ideas of handling challenging situations with people.
Emotional Vampires book is more like getting tips from an insightful comedian, which you may find entertaining or offensive, depending whether he pushed some of your hot buttons; or you may find yourself surprised that you share some traits with people mentioned in this book at least sometimes.
Whether we like it or not, all of us, at some point in our lives, will encounter people (or get burned by people) who have personality disorders. I have read a lot of books on this topic during my master's courses in psychology.
Most books on this topic provide great descriptions of each type of personality disorder but provide little good advice on how to handle these folks. Other books I have read on this topic (that are meant for general audiences) have come up short.
But not this one!
This book provides great insight into the psychological make up of each disorder, but it also provides many strategies that will allow you to interact with personality disorders in a way that is self-protective. This book will teach you how to avoid being bitten and drained dry by the emotional vampires of this world. Great book for anyone interested in protecting themselves from the narcissist in the next cubicle or the proverbial sociopath next door.