My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The holidays are around the corner and we all know what that means… Oh yes…Dealing with family members and friends around the table,that leaves us feeling consumed more with indigestion than the turkey did.
Maybe it’s the co-worker in the cubicle with you with the strong perfume and that laugh that feels like nails across the blackboard?
Whichever is the case, one thing tends to be true…they are driving you crazy.
In his book,”People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them The Keys”, readers are treated, with often humorous remarks on dealing with the “crazy” people and situations in their lives.
There were times, i caught myself laughing and nodding with agreement, as Mike Bechtle, shared insightful observations and tips in dealing with this thing called, social interactions and the craziness, we often find ourselves dealing with on a daily basis.
With references to Proverbs, the book,”People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them The Keys”, is a layman, “I get where you’re coming from, book that doesn’t talk down and also really connects the reader with common sense approaches to dealing both effectively and in a healthy way with life situations.
In the chapter, “Don’t Sweat the Wrong Stuff”, the author shared this small tidbit about negative people ( and don’t we seem to know one or spot them a mile away),
“People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them The Keys”A lot of people get upset at everything that happens around them. They’re on a lifelong quest to see the negative in everything,and they appoint themselves the caretaker of everyone else’s behavior. That perspective keeps then steeped in drama. ( “People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them The Keys”, page 112).
It’s like people have made acting like Eeyore, a career choice, but this is where ,”People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them The Keys”,steps in and offers very helpful, down to earth, rational approaches to dealing with those people, driving you crazy.
Reality is no one is perfect and stressful situations, trying times, enclosed spaces and the holidays seem to bring out the worse and just plain, crazy in people, and ,”People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them The Keys” , really offered real life, rational solutions to both handling and drawing boundaries where it is needed in our lives.
The book is written by someone who authentically came across that there is no denying people can and will be difficult.
This is a well thought out book that helps bring about a different perspective on how to deal with those craziness in a a realistic and manageable way.
What this book isn’t about, is a book about abusive situations which is on a whole level by itself and should be reported,of course, to proper authorities at all times and should never be attempted to be dealt with alone.
This is a book for the relative who takes advantage, the irritating co-worker who is driving you crazy with the same old stories, the mother in law who keeps dropping by at the worse time without calling or maybe Uncle Joe who has a sob story everytime he needs something…whatever is the case,In his book,”People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them The Keys”, Mike Bechtle, helps bring a perspective in how not to let people get under our skin as much as we may let them.
This is a book about gaining control how we react to other people and discovering the power in changing our perspective to how others are reacting or dealing with us.
Maybe you can eventually have that drama free holiday or day at work you are hoping for or maybe ,”People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them The Keys” can help you get back the keys, that is needed using a cutting to the chase, common sense, proven strategies in not only handling but in staying sane.
***Thank you to Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for my personal opinion***
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