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    Workplace Psychology

    A range of material on psychological issues, personality disorders and personality type to assist in understanding difficult people. (Resource suggestions encouraged.) Books related to "Workplace Psychology" are set out on  their own page.

    Toxic Workplaces

    "Peter Frost is an organizational behavior professor at the University of British Columbia and author of "Toxic Emotions at Work". David Creelman spoke to him about the toxic workplaces and the toxin handlers who help contain the damage." The Book mentioned in this article is available from Books area of the site.

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    Online Screening For Personality Disorders

    "Want to find out if you have a personality disorder (or make an educated guess about a co-worker)?"

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    I'm A Bad Boss? Blame My Dad

    "More execs are studying their family pasts to root out workplace dysfunction."

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    Do You Have A Type A Personality/Are You A Workaholic?

    "For many years scientists have been studying Type A behaviour, a behaviour pattern which may place individuals at risk of coronary heart disease. It's characterised by traits such as impatience, aggressiveness, a sense of time urgency and the desire to achieve recognition and advancement." Includes a questionnaire to help determine whether you have a Type A or Type B personality.

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    Are You A Type A Or Type B?

    A free test to give you insight into which Type you may be.

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    Who Has A Type A Personality?

    "The following are some of the telltale signs....Don't ever tell a Type A person that he or she has a Type A personality. Their reaction may be more intense than you expect."

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    Munchausen Syndrome

    "Munchausen Syndrome is an attention-seeking personality disorder which is more common than statistics suggest. Munchausen Syndrome, named after a German soldier renowned for exaggerated tales, is a predominantly female disorder in which an emotionally immature person with narcissistic tendencies, low self-esteem and a fragile ego has an overwhelming need to draw attention to herself and to be the centre of attention."

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    Borderline Personality Disorder

    The nine symptoms of this disorder are presented in this Resource.

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    Paranoid Personality Disorder

    "Fear of exposure is reminiscent of Paranoid Personality Disorder, a pattern of pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent. An inability to trust, doubts about others' loyalty, distortion and fabrication, misinterpretation, and bearing grudges unnecessarily are hallmarks of the disorder. Pathological jealousy, instinctive aggressive counter-attack, the need to control others, and the gathering of trivial or circumstantial "evidence" to support their jealous beliefs also feature."

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    Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    "The serial bully displays behaviour congruent with many of the diagnostic criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Characterised by a pervasive pattern of grandiosity and self-importance, need for admiration, and lack of empathy, people with narcissistic personality disorder overestimate their abilities and inflate their accomplishments, often appearing boastful and pretentious, whilst correspondingly underestimating and devaluing the achievements and accomplishments of others."

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    Antisocial Personality Disorder

    "Around 1 person in 30 (approximately 2 million) in the UK exhibits the profile of the serial bully whose behaviour is congruent with many of the diagnostic criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder. Some serial bullies meet sufficient clinical criteria to merit the label psychopath."

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    The Psychology Of Workplace Revenge

    A Resource that sets out the law and psychology behind retaliation at work and what HR can do to prevent it.

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    Is The Bully Mentally Disordered?

    Helpful descriptions of two character disorders that bosses have: Antisocial Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

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    Words Make The Workplace Hostile

    "Acts of workplace aggression usually don't kill or maim, but they do serious damage to the recipient's image, morale and emotional well-being. And such behavior is common." A thoughtful Resource from Harvard Medical School's Consumer Health Information Group.

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    Breaking Out of the Victim Trap

    "Does your anger turn to yourself? Do you beat yourself up? Make a firm commitment to stop being a victim by breaking into the victim talk to take responsibility for your thoughts and actions. Monitor your language to catch and interrupt yourself during pity parties."

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    Nat. Inst. of Mental Health Brochure On Depression

    A 23-page Brochure from the National Institute of Mental Health that, "gives descriptions of major depression, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder (manic depression). It lists symptoms, gives possible causes, tells how depression is diagnosed, and discusses available treatments. The brochure provides help and hope for the depressed person, family, and friends."

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    How to Safeguard Your Self-Esteem at Work

    "I’ve recently started a new job that’s got me tied up in knots. My co-workers have not been welcoming. Some act as if they could do my job better than I can. I like the work (and the salary) but the longer I stay here the less confident I feel."

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    How To Deal With A Narcissistic Boss

    "My boss is the most self-centered SOB I’ve ever met. Do you have any tips on how to survive a boss who has an ego the size of the Sears Tower?"

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    Personality Profile

    "The Personality Profile measures people on 14 different profiles or 'types' such as idiosyncrasy and conscientiousness. Each type relates to a number of personality traits. This test has 104 statements and is quite straight forward and understandable." Free.

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    Career Temperament Report

    "Designed to help people align their career choices with their innate strengths and preferences, this report includes expert advice about career options, tips on workplace communication and interpersonal skills, and insight on how to navigate the job market based on personality type." The price is $19.95 and receives no commissions or benefits whatsoever from the sale of this product.

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    What's Your Personality Type?

    Free personality test from the authors of four best-selling books on Personality Type: "Join the millions of people who have found more satisfying careers and have improved all of their relationships, by understanding Personality Type. This quiz can also help you determine the type of your child, partner, or other important people in your life."

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    14 Workplace Personalities And How To Handle Them

    "Every office is different, but unfortunately many of the difficult workers in them are the same. Use this list of common workplace personalities and the corresponding links to learn what makes each one tick, how you should respond to them and what strategies will make your office a happier place."

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