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Am I The Only Sane One Working Here?: 101 Solutions for Surviving Office Insanity Paperback – July 6, 2009
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ALBERT J. BERNSTEIN, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, bestselling author, and nationally recognized expert in conflict resolution. His work on psychological issues in the workplace has been featured in Men's Health, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Parents, Best Life, and other publications.
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This book strikes me as particularly realistic. Instead of the typical pablum about teamwork, growth, etc., he really lays it on the line. Let's face it: the typical organization is rather dysfunctional, politics are big, not everybody you meet has it all together, you have to play the game, it's not what you know ... all that good stuff.
His basic thrust is that this is reality. You can stew about it, you can complain about it, you can worry about it, but none of that really changes anything. So, if you want to do something about it, you have to basically start with yourself. You have to determine what you can do (and very little of that involves the full frontal assault that is so tempting to the disgruntled) and go ahead and actually do it. At the same time, you also have to keep in mind that there are a ton of things you simply cannot change.
The advice seems really spot-on. My guess is it comes, not from speculating about what might or should be, but from lots and lots of talking with real people on the couch.
On the other hand, I'm giving this only 4 stars because it seemed to be perhaps a little TOO realistic. At points, I got a feeling that he was simply telling me to just suck it up - or to just grow up. He also very straightforwardly says to suck up and to be a bit of a phony.
I think there's a lot of truth to these, but would have appreciated a little more selling on his part, maybe a little more nuance. I know a lot of these things are true, but it doesn't make me like them any more. How do I deal with that dissonance?Read more ›
You cannot change other people. It's rare that you can change situations that other people have control over. This book pounds home the fact that you can only change your reaction to the situations and people you encounter.
It's not enough to just know that fact. Knowing it's true and making it work are 2 different things. Solutions are explained in such a way that you can use them. You aren't dependent on how the other people acting or reacting. It's up to you and what you are willing to let go... really let go.
You behave based on what will help you achieve your own goals not on your emotions. And sometimes you just have to suck it up. This situation can't be changed because you are not in charge. Deal with it or leave.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes. Actually, I am the only sane one working here. Love this book.Published 1 month ago by Debbie M M
I purchased it because sometimes...you just have to wonder.Published 3 months ago by Susan A. Montelius
DOES NOT SUGGEST HOW TO DEAL WITH THESE TYPES OF PEOPLE, ONLY DESCRIBES THEIR BEHAVIOR AND THEN THIS BOOK TURNS TO THE PSYCHOLOGY PART OF INSANE PEOPLE. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Connie
I love this book so much I have bought and given away two other copies.
I wish I had read this book before I began working. Read more
If you work for a corporation, you have to read this book.
First, it's laugh-out-loud funny. Plus, it's a blast recognizing all the dysfunctions of your office. Read more
I have shared this book with my friends and family members. The book is simple to read and enjoyable.Published 17 months ago by Kram
This is my second book by Dr. Bernstein. I also read his book called Emotional Vampires at Work, and there was a little bit of overlap in this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Josephine March
This is one of best books I've ever read! Wherever you work, no matter the environment, you will find at least 3-4 personalities in this book. Funny and hilarious. Read morePublished 21 months ago by SusanB