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Taming Toxic People

The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home

David Gillespie



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30 January 2024
Psychopaths are everywhere. They are your toxic boss, controlling boyfriend, lazy colleague, annoying mother-in-law and negligent friend - the person who gets away with bad behaviour time and time again. While often superficially charming, they are also rude, aggressive, manipulative, duplicitous and dishonest.

Five per cent of the population is psychopathic, which means they are missing the critical human ingredient of empathy. Because they are programmed to put themselves first, these people routinely disrupt and even destroy relationships and organisations, seemingly without consequence.

Drawing on the latest science, bestselling author David Gillespie offers a detailed and practical guide to identifying the psychopath in your midst, then managing the behaviour to minimise the effect on your family, workplace, friendship group or community organisation.

Praise for Taming Toxic People

'This compelling study and guidebook is a must-have for anyone who has a pathologically difficult individual in their life.' Kim Williams

'Gillespie is academically gifted, a linguist, excellent at most things he turns his mind to ... he's a polymath, an old-fashioned Renaissance man, who finds few things dull and everything else interesting.' Courier Mail

'David Gillespie has done a tremendous service to the general public in writing this book.' Huffpost

Imprint:   Pan
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   218g
ISBN:   9781761268977
ISBN 10:   176126897X
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Former corporate lawyer, co-founder of a successful software company and technology investor, David Gillespie is the bestselling author of the Sweet Poison books, Big Fat Lies, Free Schools, Toxic Oil, Eat Real Food, The Eat Real Food Cookbook, Teen Brain, The Good Fat Guide, Brain Reset and Toxic at Work. He lives in Brisbane with his wife and six children.

  • Long-listed for ABIA General Non-fiction Book of the Year 2018 (Australia)

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