Uptight and In Your Face
Coping with an Anxious Boss, Parent, Spouse, or Lover
by Nina W. Brown
November 2010, 179pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38555-1
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You know people like this: They’re intense, anxious, and self-absorbed. They are always “right” while others are “wrong”—and they can’t understand why nobody else can ever see what’s plain and obvious to them. Trying to be empathic with this type of person is futile and frustrating. Is there any effective way to work with these individuals?

Dealing with uptight, high-stress people in your workplace, family, or home can be an enormous challenge, but this book provides invaluable insight and practical advice enabling readers to handle these 'problem' personality types successfully.

It is often stated that communication is the most important aspect of creating an effective relationship or achieving goals when working with another individual or within a team. But how does one communicate with someone who is too intense, anxious, or self-absorbed to hear anything you’re trying to say?

In Uptight and In Your Face: Coping with an Anxious Boss, Parent, Spouse, or Lover the author presents an invaluable tutorial to successfully interact with the most frustrating and taxing people in your life. This text examines the five most common types of uptight people to illustrate how the underlying patterns of intensity, anxiety, and self-absorption are displayed. Considerable attention is given to help readers understand how they may be contributing to their own distress. The final chapters present numerous coping and self-development strategies that will help reduce or eliminate many of the detrimental effects of interacting with high-stress people. Descriptions of complex psychological concepts are explained in everyday language.


  • Exercises provided give readers practical help in identifying troubling behaviors and attitudes of the uptight person, recognizing how and when they may be helping to cause their own distress, and developing insulating and coping skills
Nina W. Brown is professor and eminent scholar of counseling in the Counseling and Human Services Department at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. She is the author of 19 books on group therapy and narcissism.
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