High Conflict People in Legal Disputes

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Part I
Understanding High-Conflict Personalities

1.The Problem
Personalities Drive Conflict

2.The Pattern
An Enduring Pattern of Blame

3. Borderline Personalities
Love You, Hate You

4. Narcissistic Personalities
I’m Very Superior

5. Antisocial Personalities
Con Artists

6. Histrionic Personalities
Always Dramatic

7.The Enablers
Family, Friends and Professionals

Part II
Managing and Resolving Their Disputes

Providing Security and Limits

9. Structure
Containing Emotions and Focusing on Tasks

10. Reality Testing
Cognitive Distortions and Legal Standards

11. Consequences
Motivating Reflection and Behavior Change

12. A United Approach
The Key to Resolving High-Conflict Disputes



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Product Description

Using over two dozen compelling case examples, Bill Eddy explains the dynamics and strange logic of four types of Personality Disorders that appear in legal disputes.

Everybody knows someone with a High Conflict Personality (HCP). “How can he be so unreasonable? So totally rigid and self-centered?” “Why does she keep fighting so much? Can’t she see how destructive she is?” “Can you believe they’re going to court over __________________?” (You fill in the issue).

This book helps make sense of the fears that drive conflict and drive people to file lawsuits, complaints and wreak havoc for legal professionals and the general public alike.

Bill Eddy explores the characteristics of Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder. Chart included.

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Book Info

Publication date: 2005
Pages: 272
Binding: softcover
Author: Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

Author Info

Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of High Conflict Institute. He developed the “High Conflict Personality” theory (HCP Theory) and has become an international expert on managing disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders. He provides training on this subject to lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists and others. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, Australia, France and Sweden.

As an attorney, Bill is a Certified Family Law Specialist in California and the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. Prior to becoming an attorney in 1992, he was a Licensed Clinical Social worker with twelve years’ experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years and he is on the part-time faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and the National Judicial College. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including:

It’s All YOUR Fault! 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything

SPLITTING: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder

BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People, Their Personal Attacks, Hostile Email and Social Media Meltdowns

He is also the developer of the “New Ways for Families” method of managing potentially high conflict families in and out of family court. He is currently developing a method for managing potentially high conflict employees titled “New Ways for Work.”