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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Coping with Difficult People by Arlene Uhl

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Chapter 10
Controlling Yourself with Relationship Controllers
In This Chapter
• Knowing the importance of undoing past patterns
• Cohabiting with demanding and passive-aggressive partners
• Handling know-it-all, martyr, and divisive parents
• Coping with controlling friends
 
Ah, how nice to get home from a hard day’s work and be free from an environment where everyone’s telling you what to do. Now you’re your own boss, right?
Oh. Not so right? Of course all of us have obligations and responsibilities in our personal lives. To be in relationships is to share, to support, and, within reason, to accommodate one another’s needs. But perhaps, like many, you have family members, or even friends, who expect you not to so much participate in shared decision-making ...

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