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Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People Paperback – February 1, 2010
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From the Back Cover
You can be positive--no matter who tries to bring you down.
Unfortunately, the world is full of screwed-up people. But the good news, says Elizabeth B. Brown, is that your world no longer has to revolve around them. With brilliant insights and a keen sense of humor, this trusted author shows you how to:
take back the power from the difficult people in your life
respond productively when confronted
remain poised and in control when everyone around you loses it
win fairly in unfair battles
let go of the past and live triumphantly now
Dozens of real-life success stories, brief diagnostic tests, and practical tools are included to help you assess your own unique situation and gain the confidence to live successfully with screwed-up people.
You can stop being the victim of others and start loving life in spite of them.
About the Author
Elizabeth Brown is a teacher, speaker, and the author of Surviving the Loss of a Child. She and her husband, a physician, lead seminars around the country. They live in Johnson City, Tennessee.
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For those of us with a truly difficult loved one in our lives, we know all too well that, "This @#! Ain't Funny!"
This book explains, in no uncertain terms, how relationships with people we love become skewed and unbelievably painful.
It takes two people to create a dysfunctional relationship, but only one to diffuse it, or to change the power dynamic.
This book has examples, tools, and blue-prints (as it were) for changing your relationship and making your life better and more importantly, joyful again.
If there is a relationship in your life that is hurting you, and you need help in turning it around OR help in deciding whether or not the relationship is worth keeping, I can't recommend this book highly enough. And if your distress caused you to look at this book in the first place, I wish you emotional freedom, and all the happiness you really do deserve.
"Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People" is not just for people actually "living" in the same house. It is much more inclusive than that. This book is for people who have a difficult boss or a difficult inlaw or a difficult friend or even a difficult significant other. So many difficult relationships are discussed.
Elizabeth B. Brown encourages the reader to "care without enabling." She believes it only takes one person to change a relationship so much of the book is about working on yourself so you don't encourage negative reactions in others. Basically you take responsibility for your own actions, anger, disagreeable spirit, etc. As she basically asks: "Are you causing others to exhibit reactive behavior?"
Do you feel manipulated and controlled?
Do you feel you always have to defend yourself?
Do you fantasize about getting out of a relationship?
Do you long for your relationships to be different?
Then definitely this book is for you. After reading this book you will know whether to stay or go, end a relationship or stick with it. Elizabeth B. Brown talks a lot about codependency but she also addresses issues like forgiveness and compassion.
So if you are wondering if you should quit or proceed this book gives hope that you will make the right healthy and positive choice.
This is truly a book all humans need to read because it is inevitable that you are going to have to deal with people who have issues and problems. This book encourages you to see the human side and to act compassionately.
~The Rebecca Review
If you chose to read this book, and want to get the most benefits, READ THE WHOLE THING. Jumping around and/or ignoring sections that seem painful are signs you're not ready to face the facts the book details. Go back and start over.