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Publisher Description

"I didn't know how to deal with the poisonous and toxic people in my life or why they behaved the way they did, so I went looking for an answer. This book is what I found."

Bestselling author David Gillespie turns his attention to a phenomenon that damages businesses, seeds mental disease and discomfort and can bring civilisations to the brink of implosion - the psychopath.

Psychopaths are often thought of as killers and criminals, but actually five to ten per cent of people are probably psychopathic without ever indulging in a single criminal act. These everyday psychopaths may be charming in the early stages of relationships or employment but, Gillespie argues, their presence in your life is at best disruptive, and at worst highly dangerous: they will leave you feeling cheated and humiliated, dominating and manipulating you to the point where you question your sanity. Worse, he cautions, at a societal level their tendency to gravitate towards positions of power can be disastrous.

Taming Toxic People is a practical guide to restraining that difficult person in your life, be it your boss, your spouse or a parent. But it is also a serious and meticulously researched warning: if we value a free and well-functioning society, we need to rebuild the sense of community that has historically kept the everyday psychopath in check, and we must understand and act to manage the psychopathic behaviour in our midst.

Body, Mind & Spirit
25 July
Pan Macmillan Australia
Macmillan Publishers Australia and Pan Macmillan Australia

Customer Reviews

chris mca54 ,

Brilliant !

This is an excellent, practical, clear HOW TO guide. We all have experienced psychopaths but, I for one, haven’t been able to identify them. Now you can. I really can’t recommend this book highly enough. thank you David,


Informative but lacks novelty

It was a great reading through the description of toxic people and situations. But I wish could find better information on how to actually tame toxic people. I finished the book feeling as if there is nothing to be done about toxic people, just accept, shut up and run!! We need better tools than that.

Jacq rabbit ,

Psychology for the everyday person

This book by David is everything I hoped for and more. It not only gave me a practical guide to managing work place relationships, but bought the mind of psychopaths from behind the prison walls, and showed me where they hide in our society. Social planners and policy makers can lean a light about how our individualistic society not only had damaged the family and community, but created a breaking ground for these individuals to flourish and grow...

An easy read, read it in two days, and the book has changed the way I will function at work!

Thanks David,

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