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

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Chapter 14
Handling Relationship Obstructionists
In This Chapter
• Living with a negative spouse
• Coping with crisis-prone parents and siblings
• Dealing with nonparticipatory family members
• Handling friends who bring you down
 
You don’t pick your family; you do pick your friends. But either group of folks can lift you up or bring you down.
Husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and pals can provide tremendous forward motion in our lives, offering inspiration, ideas, energy, and a healthy dose of cheerleading. But when their support is absent, or when they’re actually a drag on our momentum, we experience the impact profoundly on both a practical and an emotional level.
It’s not always easy to counter the effect of family members ...

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