How to Stop Your Relatives from Driving You Crazy: Strategies for Coping With

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 1992 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
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"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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Contents

A Real Cast of Characters
3
All Hail the Dictator
20
Part
22
The PotStirrers Tempest
28
The Butterflys Flutter
35
Diplomats Never Sleep
40
Family Scapegoats Do It All
45
Part II
51
Sibling Rivalries Again and Again
106
MONEY
123
Family BusinessesFriends or Foes?
138
Part IV
155
Addictions
169
Illness and Dependence
183
Death Loss and Guilt
201
Burning Your Bridges
223

You Do Marry a Family
53
Children in the Eye of the Storm
66
Divorce For Better or Worse
82
When Sex Becomes the Issue
93
The Distance Factor
237
Index
253
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Denise Lang is a popular speaker on family and health issues who has appeared on television shows nationally. A former award-winning reporter and editor, she currently works as a television producer in New York.

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