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November 21st, 2013 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Main Branch

thCASM7OHBAs the conference speaker gave us pointers on how to make challenging relationships work better I wondered if I could put his good advice into action. Would I have the chutzpah to confront a verbal offender? Would I remember what to say and how to say it? If you ever find yourself in such a quandary there are plenty of books in our self-help section that will guide you through many a difficult encounter. For starters:

Difficult Personalities: A Practical Guide to Managing the Hurtful Behavior of Others. Written from a psychologist’s point of view, Helen McGrath outlines various personality traits, motivations and strategies for dealing with the complainers, martyrs and grumps that we encounter in our daily lives.

For the times that you are dismayed to hear your voice rise in the midst of a heated argument consider checking out:

Bullies, Tyrants & Impossible People: How to Beat Them without Joining Them.

If you prefer a spiritual approach to dealing with discord, you could listen to best-selling author Joyce Meyer’s Conflict Free Living: How to Build Healthy Relationships for Life. (Audio book on CD).

Are you feeling a bit beleaguered on the job?  Try: Workplace Wars and How to End Them: Turning Personal Conflict into Productive Teamwork.

And finally, if you need to ask a colleague to tone down his/her snarky comments or if you are stressed thinking about the best way to reprimand your recalcitrant teenager I suggest Crucial Confrontations by K.D. Patterson. The book is available on Audio CD for that problem-solving morning commute.

Peaceful reading.

Mary Orzechowski

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