Foreword by Robert E. Lefton, Ph.D., CEO and President of Psychological Associates
"In Battling the Inner Dummy David Weiner helped us understand why we do stupid things. Now, in Power Freaks
, he advises us on coping with our bosses, co-workers, friends, and even family members who are obsessed with power. Weiner draws upon his more than 40 years of experience in business as well as his extensive knowledge of current research in Psychology and Neuroscience. Power Freaks helps us understand why the use of power was important in human evolution, how the emotional systems associated with power can be led astray by early social and environmental experiences leading to the misuse of power. Not only does Weiner explain the origins of power freaks and the damage they can do, he also provides practical advice on coping strategies with a power freak. An insightful, comprehensive and practical guide to those who have to deal with power freaks at work or elsewhere."
- Charles T. Snowdon, Hilldale Professor and Chair of Psychology,
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Are there "power-crazed, difficult people" in your life? A boss who appears to find pleasure in browbeating and humiliating you, a coworker who tries to manipulate or sabotage you behind your back, or maybe even a family member who constantly exalts his or her accomplishments while giving you credit for nothing and making you feel worthless? Best-selling psychology author David L. Weiner reveals the personalities behind the facades of "power freaks." Coming in many guises ù including the business psychopath (who may be working down the hall from you), the arrogant and status-obsessed, the messianic, and the perfectionist ù they are all driven by an irrational need to dominate and to enhance their status, regardless of the consequences to others. In this well-researched and insightful guide to handling power-crazed individuals who create havoc at work and at home, Weiner explains why they act the way they do and what you can do to prevent them from making your life a living hell!
In an engaging, accessible manner, Weiner traces the power drive back to the ranking/status system that was an essential component of the "dominance hierarchy," the primitive, human social structure of our prehistoric ancestors. Power freaks may be acting out the signals from this innate, pecking-order program, which seems to be lodged in the "instinctual mind," comprised of the more ancient, rudimentary parts of the brain and is still functioning. The intoxicating lust for power that originates in this region of the mind can be as addictive as any drug and as destructive. It is also radically different in character and intensity from our rational aspirations to succeed in life, which motivates most successful people. Weiner further warns that business psychopaths, who may be capable of great charm, can be ultimately devastating to the people and well-being of any organization.
includes a power quiz
to help you assess your own instinctual drive for power, plus an interactive web site that allows you to compare this side of your personality to that of other respondents. Finally, it teaches you how to recognize such potentially destructive people in your life and, most importantly, helps you to develop a strategy to deal with them. In a competitive world, increasingly dominated by intense corporate cultures, this brilliant study in organizational psychology will help you swim safely through shark-infested waters.
Book Binding: Paperback
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David L. Weiner (Chicago, IL) is author of the psychology bestseller Battling the Inner Dummy: The Craziness of Apparently Normal People, Power Freaks: Dealing with Them in the Workplace or Anyplace, and Reality Check: What Your Mind Knows, but Isn't Telling You. He is also on the external board of advisers of the HealthEmotions Research Institute of the University of Wisconsin, and is the founder and CEO of Marketing Support, Inc., a $100-million marketing agency with clients including IBM, Motorola, Home Depot, Xerox, and many other Fortune 500 companies.