Bernstein explains how Emotional Vampires get hired and climb up the ladder. Their personality disorders supply them with particular attributes that are often required in the workplace. Antisocials tell people what they want to hear; Histrionics are cheerful and social; Narcissists are tireless self-promoters; Obsessive-Compulsives are highly detail-oriented, and Paranoids require certainty and verification. These are the same traits that will drain you dry – if you allow it. Your own personality style may make you vulnerable to Vampires. The psychological damage that Vampires do can depend on who you are and how you think about your job. Within most organizational cultures, there are three separate and often competing sub-groups that are remarkably similar in thoughts and behavior from one organization to another. These groups differ significantly in their vulnerabilities to Vampires, especially Vampires in positions of authority.
Thoroughly revised and updated after an overwhelming response to the first edition, EMOTIONAL VAMPIRES aims to help you cope effectively with the people in life that confound, confuse and sap every ounce of energy.