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Identifying and dealing with narcissists, sociopaths and other high-conflict personalities.
Bill Eddy LCSW, JD
Narcissistic family members demand attention, insult those closest to them, and want others to resolve their conflicts. Here are some ways to cope.
There has been a lot of discussion of the president's behavior and mental state. Does he have malignant narcissism? And does it matter?
If an individual is a "con man," what patterns of behavior should we expect to see from them, or not?
The misperception of a minor problem-to-solve or non-existent crisis can often cause a person to create a real crisis for themselves and others.
Bullies tend to have high-conflict personalities. They are predictable, impulsive, and rigid thinkers. Here's a few tips for dealing with them in negotiations.
Cognitive therapy teaches us that what we think influences what we feel. So this is a good time to think good thoughts and speak good will for all.
In daily life and in the news we are surprised when charming people act poorly. But much of their behavior is predictable and sometimes dangerous.
Hostile comments are increasing. Responses that are Brief, Informative, Friendly, and Firm can stop the hostility and leave you feeling good about yourself.
While often frustrating and sometimes dangerous, we should learn to deal with people with personality disorders with compassion—as well as set limits and encourage treatment.
Narcissists can be demeaning, unreliable, and abusive. Yet their charm and grandiose schemes can be attractive. Here are some warning signs.
Why are narcissistic leaders so predictably arrogant and demeaning, while they also want love and admiration?
Personality disorders may be increasing. If you're in your 20's, learning about them now will help navigate relationships with peers and yourself.
The National Institutes of Health funded a major study of personality disorders almost 20 years ago. Isn’t it time they did another one?
We need stronger skills for managing the personalities around us, especially spotting and dealing with high-conflict personalities in families, the workplace and cultural leaders.
High-conflict personalities are preoccupied with blaming others. But you can usually avoid becoming their Target of Blame if you follow these suggestions.
People with borderline personality disorder often blame and attack those closest to them. Rather than blaming them back, here are 5 tips for responding more effectively.
Sociopaths want to dominate you by any means they can. It helps to know the warning signs.
Antisocial personalities are more widespread, deceptive, and cruel than most people realize. In today's world of mobility and image manipulation, everyone needs to know about them.
Narcissistic people with high-conflict personalities are always seeking targets of blame. Here are 7 do's and don'ts for dealing with them or getting away.
Six years ago, my colleague Don Saposnek, Ph. D., and I made some predictions in our book SPLITTING AMERICA. Looking back, the situation is even worse now.
High Conflict People are increasing rapidly. Use these four counter-intuitive skills to deal with them.
Statements that show Empathy, Attention and/or Respect can go a long way to connecting with anyone anywhere. It just takes practice to do it well.
Watch out! Uncle Joe’s coming to the holiday dinner. And sister-in-law Mary. Here's four tips to help you manage them while having a happy event.
Are you dating again? Know someone who is? Here are three tips to avoid high-conflict partners.
This three-step method can help you quickly decide whether to engage or back off.
Understanding five high-conflict personalities can help us to be more careful and effective with those around us.
It's easier to deal with high-conflict people when we don't make these mistakes.
It's time to talk about high-conflict personalities. Here's why.
Bill Eddy, LCSW, JD, is a lawyer, therapist, mediator, Training Director of the High Conflict Institute in San Diego, and the author of several books including 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life (2018).