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Power freaks : dealing with them in the workplace or anyplace
Weiner, David L.
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2002.
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287 pages ; 23 cm
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HF5548.83 .W435 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Best-selling psychology author David L. Weiner reveals the personalities behind the facades of "power freaks." Coming in many guises - including the business psychopath (who may be working down the hall from you), the arrogant and status-obsessed, the messianic, and the perfectionist - they are all driven by an irrational need to dominate and to enhance their status, regardless of the consequences to others. In this well-researched and insightful guide to handling power-crazed individuals who create havoc at work and at home, Weiner explains why they act the way they do and what you can do to prevent them from making your life a living hell!

Power Freaks includes a power quiz to help you assess your own instinctual drive for power, plus an interactive web site that allows you to compare this side of your personality to that of other respondents. Finally, it teaches you how to recognize such potentially destructive people in your life and, most importantly, helps you to develop a strategy to deal with them. In a competitive world, increasingly dominated by intense corporate cultures, this brilliant study in organizational psychology will help you swim safely through shark-infested waters.

Author Notes

David L. Weiner is on the board of advisers of the HealthEmotions Research Institute of the University of Wisconsin. He is also the founder and CEO of Marketing Support, Inc.

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So many offices have a boss who seems to find pleasure in humiliating workers or a manipulating employee who sabotages coworkers behind their backs. These kinds of people come in many disguises (there's the business psychopath, the perfectionist, etc.) and can make working difficult and frustrating. Psychology writer David L. Wiener has penned Power Freaks: Dealing with Them in the Workplace or Anyplace, an analysis of why people act this way, how to recognize them and how to develop a strategy for getting along with them. He also includes a quiz to help readers assess their own instinctual drive for power. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Robert E. Lefton, Ph.D.
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Forewordp. 11
Introductionp. 15
1. Who Are These People?p. 19
2. How Does a Power Freak Think?p. 25
3. The Power Freak as Cavemanp. 41
4. The Power Freak Factor in All of Usp. 61
5. The Power Freak as Mentally Disorderedp. 77
6. The Power Freak as Status-Obsessedp. 95
7. Situational Power Freaksp. 109
8. Directional Power Freaksp. 125
9. Stealth Power Freaks: Manipulating While Undercoverp. 139
10. The Power Freak Factor: Can We Measure Ourselves?p. 149
11. Dealing with the Extreme Power Freak Bossp. 173
12. Dealing with a Peer Who Is an Extreme Power Freakp. 207
13. The Last Gasp Solution: Calculated Avoidancep. 239
Afterwordp. 249
Notesp. 253
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 277