- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (June 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071790950
- ISBN-13: 978-0071790956
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 335 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
I also liked how Bernstein describes the many facets of anti-social personalities without belaboring the criminal aspect since many of these "types" never get into trouble with the law because they never get caught.