Impossible to Please: How to Deal with Perfectionist Coworkers, Controlling Spouses, and Other Incredibly Critical People

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Everyone knows someone who is impossible to please, critical, judgmental, picky, and stubbornly closed-minded. These are symptoms of a disorder called obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), but it's common for people to have subclinical levels of some or all of these qualities. Impossible to Please, is a manual for dealing with these difficult people without sitting through stressful arguments, and passive-aggressive behaviour. It empowers readers to take charge of the relationship and regain their dignity and confidence in interactions with the individual. This book features specific strategies that are immediately effective when conversing with critical people, through the setting of boundaries, improving communication, and asserting themselves. Readers learn to deal with the impossible to please in romantic relationships, friendships, family, and work relationships.

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"Impossible to Please is a candid, informative, and thought-provoking study of the controlling perfectionist. Lavender and Cavaiola illuminate our understanding of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder while providing suggested actions for dealing effectively with these individuals at home, at work, and in the community."
--Suzanne D. Mudge, PhD, associate professor and program coordinator of counseling and guidance at Texas A&M University



"Cavaiola and Lavender have done it again! They have given us another perfect combination of psychological science and real-life applications to provide a highly readable guide to living and working with people who drive us crazy. Alive with examples and suggestions, this book is not only perfect for counselors and therapists, but also for anyone who deals with controlling perfectionists at home or on the job."
--Richard Ponton, PhD, associate professor at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey



"After being in managerial and leadership positions for over 40 years, I wish I could say that I never had to deal with a perfectionist personality. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I have had experiences with toxic coworkers and, to say the least, they were indeed troublesome. Drs. Lavender and Cavaiola's first book, Toxic Coworkers, was of great help during these trying times. Like their other books, Impossible to Please is filled with wisdom and insights into this challenging area. I strongly recommend this most practical and applicable book."
--Louis A. Scheidt, PE, PP, president and CEO of Innovative Engineering, Inc.

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A guide to communicating with those with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD).

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