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Taming Toxic People : The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home - David Gillespie

Taming Toxic People

The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home


Published: 25th July 2017
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"I didn't know how to deal with the poisonous and toxic people in my life or why they behaved the way they did, so I went looking for an answer. This book is what I found."

Bestselling author David Gillespie turns his attention to a phenomenon that damages businesses, seeds mental disease and discomfort and can bring civilisations to the brink of implosion- the psychopath.

Psychopaths are often thought of as killers and criminals, but actually five to ten per cent of people are probably psychopathic without ever indulging in a single criminal act. These everyday psychopaths may be charming in the early stages of relationships or employment but, Gillespie argues, their presence in your life is at best disruptive, and at worst highly dangerous: they will leave you feeling cheated and humiliated, dominating and manipulating you to the point where you question your sanity. Worse, he caution, at a societal level their tendency to gravitate towards positions of power can be disastrous.

Taming Toxic People is a practical guide to restraining that difficult person in your life, be it your boss, your spouse or a parent. But it is also a serious and meticulously researched warning: if we value a free and well-functioning society, we need to rebuild the sense of community that has historically kept the everyday psychopath in check, and we must understand and act to manage the psychopathic behaviour in our midst.

About the Author

For the last ten years, former lawyer and bestselling author David Gillespie has devoted himself to exposing forces in today's society that work against our interests as consumers and citizens. Beginning with the Sweet Poison books he followed those up with Big Fat Lies and Toxic Oil. He then focused on education in Free Schools, before returning to the topic of human nutrition in Eat Real Food. Now David turns his attention to another endemic societal threat - the everyday psychopath.


I recommended this book to all my coworkers.


This is one of the best books I have read on the subject. I love this book and have recommended it to all my coworkers who deal with the same psychopath as I do. I have highlighted, underlined and have posted notes throughout the book. I take this book to work everyday do remind myself how I need to behave when working with this person. The book gives a detailed explanation of a psychopath in the first half. What disappointed me was that the strategies given for how to work with a psychopath were only for the short term. Still a very good read.


Essential reading for any human being.


4.5 stars Taming Toxic People is a book by former corporate lawyer, technology adviser and best-selling Australian author, David Gillespie. Subtitled "The science of identifying & dealing with psychopaths at work & at home", this book delivers exactly what it promises. When David Gillespie talks about psychopaths, he's not (usually) talking about the people that might kill us ("us" being the ones with empathy); rather, he's referring to the people that can, so easily, make our work, our home, our neighbourhood, in short, our lives, a misery. It may surprise readers when Gillespie notes that Mother Teresa has been described as a psychopath, although this is certainly borne out by Colette Livermore's revealing memoir of her time with the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, Hope Endures. But few will be surprised that Donald Trump, Caligula, Lance Armstrong, Saddam Hussein, Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin and Henry VIII also come under this banner. Gillespie lists the key characteristics of the psychopath and describes their primary behaviours, with examples. From these, readers will easily recognise those people in their lives that are psychopaths. And if they don't, if they've never met a psychopath, they can a) count themselves very lucky and b) know how to survive it when they do. Gillespie includes handy checklists to help: identify psychopaths; survive the psychopath at work and at home; what to record; leave a psychopath; manage a psychopathic parent or child; and survive the psychopathic neighbour. The depth of Gillespie's research is apparent from the extensive notes for each chapter, but this wealth of information is presented in easily digestible form. Essential reading for any human being.


A good instructive manual




Recommend to anyone struggling with a difficult relationship


Bought this book as a guide/reference in understanding certain human behaviours.

Melbourne, Australia



Enlighten Reading


An easy, humourous read


I believe that most people would find this book informative & helpful in their dealings with others, be it in the workplace, home or elsewhere.

engadine nsw



This book is fascinating, informative, funny, and intriguing. Well worth a read you might be able to identify some of these traits in some people you know and have your questions explained.


Helpful information.


I found the interpretation of some of the scientific data to be a bit less than rigorous, but this is not a big problem. The author has identified an issue that many people have run into and suggested helpful ways of understanding and addressing it. I would recommend it to anyone who is subject to a work or personal relationship which is an egnima to them because it demonstrates some of the symptoms in the blurb.




Makes me look at others in a different way


A good informaative educational book


A good entertaining educational book

Berkeley NSW


4.7 14


ISBN: 9781743535875
ISBN-10: 1743535872
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 25th July 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.4