Book Review – The Angry Smile

The Angry Smile,the angry smile
The Psychology of Passive-Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools, and Workplaces
Written By: Jody E. Long, Nicholas J. Long and Signe Whitson
Published By: PRO-ED Inc., 2008, Second Edition, 166 pages, perfect paperback
ISBN 978-1416404231

The Angry Smile is an excellent reference tool that is insightful, accurate and very informative; it examines passive-aggression like never before.”

Product Description – From PRO-ED Inc.
“Learn the Powerful Skills of Benign Confrontation!
Step 1: Recognize the patterns of passive-aggressive behavior
Step 2: Refuse to engage in the Passive-Aggressive Conflict Cycle
Step 3: Affirm the anger
Step 4: Mange the denial
Step 5: Revisit the thought
Step 6: Identify areas of competence
What is passive-aggressive behavior? The authors of this three-part book have studied the psychology of this behavior for over four decades in both clinical and educational settings. They offer real-world examples and empowering, practical strategies for working with or when confronted with individuals who exhibit any of the five levels of passive aggressiveness.”

The Angry Smile is a fantastic resource for Psychologists, Behavioural Therapists, Counsellors, teachers, spouses and parents who have to deal with passive-aggressive children, teens and adults. This edition is useful and very easy to understand; with in-depth, carefully researched and documented studies that explain the progression of passive-aggressive behavior in children and adults, and it gets right to the point. At the end of each chapter there is a brief summary that sums up the topics that were discussed. Included in the second edition are: real life case-studies and examples, charts, diagrams, an appendix and a list of references. At times I found the content a little dry and I wouldn’t suggest this book to anyone who is looking for some light reading material. While reading this book you might be surprised by how many of these behaviors you have witnessed within your own family or in the workplace; this book will educate you and suggest some coping mechanisms to use while dealing with passive aggressive people.
I recommend this book to those who work in a professional capacity and to everyone who wants to understand more about passive-aggression.

♦♦♦♦♦♦ (6 out of 10 Diamonds) – I enjoyed it

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A special thanks to Bostick Communications for sending me a copy to review.

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