My rating: 5 of 5 stars
After hearing Gillespie interviewed on ABC radio I was intrigued by the concept of psychopaths being far more prevalent than we think, but as soon as I started reading Taming Toxic People I recognized the traits in people I’ve known in my own life:
…confuse the hell out of us…bizzare and highly unpredictable…callous and parasitic…obsessive micromanagers…workplace bullies…just as likely to chop off your hand as shake it…
Gillespie uses comfortable and informal language (‘the names and many of the identifying circumstances have been changed to protect … well to stop me being sued’) to share his findings in the hope that we can ‘tame the tigers rather than cower before them’.
He uses real life examples like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Bundy, and Dr Patel and some not-so real life ones like James Bond and the replicants from Blade Runner to give us a meaningful perspective on the traits and behaviours of these toxic people.
With practical instructions on how to deal with the psychopathic neighbour, parent, partner, child, or workmate, and tips on how companies can prevent psychopaths becoming entrenched in their workplaces (hint: by promoting honesty) this is an invaluable read.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place you need to become the rock