Do you know someone whose moods swing wildly? Do they act unreasonably suspicious or antagonistic? Do they blame others for their own problems? When a high-conflict person (HCP) has one of five common personality disorders-borderline, narcissistic, paranoid, antisocial, or histrionic-they can lash out in risky extremes of emotion and aggression. And once an HGP decides to target you, they're hard to shake. But there are ways to protect yourself. Using empathy-driven conflict-management techniques, Bill Eddy, a lawyer and therapist with extensive mediation experience, will teach you to: Spot warning signs of the five high-conflict personalities in others and in yourself. Manage relationships with HCPs at work and in your private life. Safely avoid or end dangerous and stressful interactions with HCPs. Filled with expert advice and real-life anecdotes, 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life is an essential guide to help you escape negative relationships, build healthy connections, and safeguard your reputation and personal life in the process. And if you have a high-conflict personality, this book will help you help yourself.
BILL EDDY is the co-founder and president of the High Conflict Institute, a company devoted to helping individuals and organizations deal with high-conflict people. Eddy is a Certified Family Law Specialist and Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. He is also a Licensed Clinical Social worker with twelve years' experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has taught negotiation and mediation and currently serves on the faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law.