This is the Swiss Army Knife of self-improvement books! Whether your “crazy” people live with you, work with you, or just go to the same supermarket, here is a detailed way to work with them, neutralize them, and even, possibly, get along with them and enjoy the process. A must for anyone who deals with other people – in other words, this should be on everyone’s nightstand, well read, dog-eared, underlined, and marked – not collecting dust on a bookshelf.
– NetGalley reviewer
When I tell people the title of my next book, Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life, (due out October 21, 2015) nearly every (at least somewhat rational) person smiles.
When I ask them why they're smiling, they reply:
I then realized that October can seem like an eternity from now when you have to "talk to crazy" on a daily basis.
So here is a taste of some of what you'll read when the book comes out from Chapter 19: The Kiss-Off - Saying "No" to a Manipulator.
Oh and before I tell you, I don't mean the title to be making light of a serious and significant mental illness for which there will be a chapter at the end. The book is meant to help you deal with many of the people in your life (including you) who are not truly mentally ill, but who just drive you nuts.
Now for a tip to use with people that try to manipulate you either with guilt or by alarming you about a situation where they are trying to pawn off their responsibility for dealing with it on you.
And for a little more...
As with all the stories and tips in the book, make sure you play it through in your mind to make sure that you don't make the situation worse.
More to come in October.