How to Stop Your Relatives from Driving You Crazy: Strategies for Coping With
"How to Stop Your Relatives from Driving You Crazy" will help you keep your sanity when dealing with family frictions ranging from the trivial to the catastrophic. With candor, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor, Denise Lang offers clear-eyed solutions to the problems that ignite family explosions.
Focusing on every important "family matter," including money, religion, adult sibling rivalry, divorce, blended families, serious illness, and death, Lang describes effective mechanisms for coping with irritating and destructive behavior. The book features tests designed to help you determine your role in the family-- from Dictator to Goat-- and helpful advice on employing periodic "reality checks" and planned communications. For those truly at the end of their ropes, there are even suggestions for creating a surrogate family!
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A Real Cast of Characters
All Hail the Dictator
The PotStirrers Tempest
The Butterflys Flutter
Diplomats Never Sleep
Family Scapegoats Do It All
Sibling Rivalries Again and Again
Family BusinessesFriends or Foes?
Illness and Dependence
Death Loss and Guilt
Burning Your Bridges