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Hidden anger that comes out indirectly can undermine relationships between friends, family, and colleagues. When people feel compelled to conceal their true beliefs and emotions, there can be serious physical and psychological results for everyone involved. Tim Murphy and Loriann Oberlin offer a clear definition of passive-aggression and tell listeners not only how to end the behavior but also how to avoid falling victim to other people's hidden anger.

This revised, updated edition offers essential guidance for dealing with problems in the workplace and at school; avoiding the pitfalls of social media, texting, and online communication; and when to seek professional help. Whether you need ways to manage your own anger or ways to cope with this behavior in others, Overcoming Passive-Aggression shares sage advice, practical exercises, and opportunities for personal growth.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Tim Murphy and Loriann Oberlin (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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  • Robert
  • 15-12-16

Must have book to understand difficult behavior

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Comprehensive resource for dealing with difficult people

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This audio book covers the gamut of arenas where we all find difficult people -- personal life, school, relationships, workplace, in helping professions -- basically all around us.

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Overcoming Passive-Aggression steps listeners/readers through what we too often see as controlling, manipulative, self-absorbed or sometimes lazy or down in the dumps behavior. The book explores where the behaviors come from, how this makes up the passive-aggressive persona, and why it leaves others (bosses, coworkers, significant others) frustrated. Through modern, easy to understand examples we can see the behavior play out and we can also see how to respond to it assertively so that we do not become so angry ourselves. This resources is a must-have for managers. Its multicultural perspectives aid in grasping the concepts that affect people of varying ages, ethnic backgrounds, and positions in life. Overall, very well done.

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  • runnergirl
  • 14-06-21

The kitchen sink of mental health issues

This book was not at all what I was looking for. Although it touched on some passive-aggression topics, it was much more of an overview on many mental health topics. And it focused on those providing therapy to patients, not to the layperson wanting to "Stop Hidden Anger from Spoiling Your Relationships, Career, and Happiness". I listened to the whole audiobook hoping it would get better but it did not so I have returned it.