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Lessons from a Difficult Person by Sarah H. Elliston

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Lessons from a Difficult Person

How to Deal with People Like Us

by Sarah H. Elliston.

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The funny thing is that Sarah Elliston never realized she was “a difficult person,” –someone who harangued people until she got her way, threw snip fits and temper tantrums, talked over her bosses and pointed out what she thought were their misconceptions. In her family, where she felt bullied, the only way she knew how to get someone’s attention and approval was to voice her opinion–and loudly! Without standing her ground, how could she do what she thought was best for herself and everyone else around her. She wasn’t intentionally mean-spirited. She was just trying to do what she thought was RIGHT!

Until a kind, but firm, boss woke her up! With great compassion, and strength, her boss pointed out that her actions had consequences. That in being “difficult,” she was not only disrupting the office camaraderie and production, but impeding her own professional advancement.

That’s the beginning of Sarah’s transformation— when she started on the journey to leave behind the difficult person, and become the woman who teaches others how to deal with difficult people. Sarah “Sam” Elliston is now bringing forth her vital manual on how to awaken the challenging personality, and change both the relationship and the environment with her new book Dealing with Difficult People; Lessons Learned from a Difficult Person.

Today, Elliston is a highly successful workshop leader and trainer, who offers wisdom learned the hard way–and through rigorous study and certification in many areas of professional training that aid her in her work — Values Realization, Parent Effectiveness Training and Reality Therapy. She is a faculty member of the William Glasser Institute. Glasser is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and developer of Reality Therapy, a method of psychotherapy that teaches people they have a choice in how they choose to behave.




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Author Sarah Elliston pictureWhen I discovered that people had been finding me difficult for most of my life, I was stunned. I wondered why nobody had ever told me to stop doing what I was doing.

I explored what is considered difficult and realized what I thought is outspoken is not an excuse for rudeness and being assertive can be seen as a lack of respect. What I did without thinking as easily as breathing, others found frustrating and aggravating.

And I still wondered why I hadn’t been told before.

I wrote this book to help others talk to the people like me in their lives. The book contains a little about me and my experience and then a number of exercises and strategies for preparing to talk to a difficult person. I hope readers learn that difficult people are unaware of their behavior and when its impact is identified, and when our reaction is listened to we can change.

There are dialogues in the book demonstrating possible conversations and an entire section on preparing for the reader’s conversation. Difficult people can change if the reader can let go of seeing us as the enemy and begin to be in our corner.

(Sarah H. Elliston, November 2017)

 

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Filling Her Shoes by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

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Filling Her Shoes – A Memoir of an Inherited Family  by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder.

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On the day that she decided to marry a widower—also a long-time friend—Betsy Graziani Fasbinder knew that she wasn’t only gaining a husband, she was inheriting a son. Unlike many stepmothers, Betsy didn’t have to struggle with an ex, or court battles, or the weekend shuffle between houses—but she did have to navigate living in the shadow of a young mother taken too soon, to honor the memory of her son’s first mother, and to become the kind of parent and partner she herself wanted to be. Over time this family would learn how love’s roots were formed in their shared losses, and how the new family love and joy they created together would become the richest kind of inheritance.




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author betsy Graziani Fasbinder picture_Filling Her Shoes was not originally written to be a book. When Betsy Graziani Fasbinder was about to become a mother for the first time she did what she’d always done to find understand her new endeavor: she went to the bookstore. But when all of the books either had to do with caring for babies or sharing custody with an ex, she found no information to help in her circumstances. She was marrying a widower—who happened to be a long-time friend—with a seven-year-old son, stepping into the shoes of a young mother taken too soon. There’d be no nursery to decorate. There’d be no custody battles or jealousy. There’d be no ex, just a man and a boy who had already suffered a most tragic loss and the desire to create a safe and loving family where all of them could heal together. To understand her own experiences, and since she found no help in the pages of other books, Betsy started writing about the moments of their becoming a family, and the experience of becoming a mother in the wake of loss. Filling Her Shoes is a sweet-bitter, happy ending story of grief and gratitude living side by side and the healing powers of love and family.

(Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, July 2017)

 

 

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Curiosity killed the Craving by Raj Fernandes

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Curiosity Killed the Craving is a self-help book by Raj Fernandes.
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Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be intimidating.
Having smoked for over 40 years, I had tried all sorts of methods of quitting. But no matter what I tried, the cravings would always return to haunt me. All attempts to overcome cravings failed until I discovered a simple technique that helped me get the better of them. The secret turned out to be my own mind. So I practiced observing the onset of cravings in a curious, mindful way. This helped me acknowledge the presence of cravings rather than struggle with them.

In my new no-nonsense quit smoking book CURIOSITY KILLED THE CRAVING., I share what has worked for me and guide you through the process from preparing to quit, to the realities of the first few days without nicotine, to making positive lifestyle changes going forward. It is full of practical tips and personal experiences. Quitting is never easy, but trust me, if I can do it anyone can.

So say goodbye to Nicotine (or Mr. Nic as I know him) today!




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Author Raj Fernandes picture 2Having smoked cigarettes for well over 40 years the thought that I should ‘pack it in’ hit me hard one night. At 11pm on that eventful night I happily dumped three packets of cigarettes, my legendary glass ashtray, and four lighters. That was me giving Mr Nicotine the push – I never wanted to see him again. I quit smoking for two reasons – to live a healthier life and secondly spread the word out there by sharing my story.

Since then my quit journey has been fascinating. Fascinating because it has made me discover the wonders and power of my own mind. I’ve been watching my mind with mind, so to speak. It taught me to use curiosity in a positive way. Hence the title of the book CURIOSITY KILLED THE CRAVING.

To be honest I would not have achieved this without my strong efforts to read up on the subject of addictions, take advice and get the support of a quit smoking community. Today I feel new. I feel clean. I feel energetic. I feel in control. More than anything, I feel proud of myself. If a weak-willed person like me can do it, so can you.
Writing a book has always been on my bucket list and I am proud to have pulled this off. But hey, I could not have done this without the assistance of my publishers. They have been amazing. What’s more it enlightened and educated me on the writing process; right from the first manuscript right down to editing, proofreading, structuring etc. It proved to me that learning is an enjoyable life long process.

CURIOSITY KILLED THE CRAVING is different in the sense that it approached smoking addiction in a curious, mindful way. Then again it is a bite-sized, easily digestible book (just 58 pages) and it’s packed with practical tips from preparing to quit to lifestyle changes. My mission is to truly, honestly see more people stop this disgusting and deadly habit!

(Raj Fernandes, July 2017)

 

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