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

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Chapter 16
Crossing the Line
In This Chapter
• How to tell if someone is toxic
• What underlies toxicity
• Why you shouldn’t make excuses for the toxic
• What to do when someone is toxic only to you
• How to deal with toxic individuals
 
Up until now, this book has mainly focused on types of people whom we find difficult because their behaviors irritate, frustrate, and sometimes confound us. But there is a more extreme type of difficult person—a type whose actions and attitudes can be deeply disturbing, abusive, menacing, and ultimately destructive. We call these people toxic, because we have the sense that they are capable of causing serious harm in the way that a poison can.
Obviously, none of us wishes to be poisoned. Ideally, we’d like to forego ...

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