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The Control Freak [Hardcover]

By Les Parrott III (Author)
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Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.31" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2000
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  084233792X  
EAN  9780842337922  

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They're pushy. Forceful. Impatient. Always in a hurry. And they're always ready to tell you how to do your job better. They're control freaks. Maybe you know one. Maybe you are one. We can learn to cope with the Control Freaks around us. Better yet, we can change. This book will show you how. You'll discover . . . 1. How to Know When Control Is Good or Bad 2. How to Recognize the Top Ten Qualities of Control Freaks 3. How to Cope with a Coercive Colleague or a Supervising Spouse 4. How to Relinquish Unhealthy Control 5. How to Repair Relationships Damaged by Overcontrol Who's the Control Freak? Want to know if you're suffering from a controlling relationship? Check out the self-tests. Ready to find out just how controlling you can be? There's a self-test for that too. But unlike most tests, here you'll find the answers in a lifelong prescription for healthier relationships.

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Control Freaks exasperate us. They are present in our families, at work, in our churches, and sometimes in ourselves. If we can identify the Control Freaks in our lives, we can begin to understand them and cope with them. The result will be a healthier emotional life and stronger and more effective relationships. This book is for everyone who knows a Control Freak--or is one It will help you discover how God gives us grace to deal with difficult people and to face our own need to control.

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More About Les Parrott III

Les Parrott Les and Leslie. A husband-and-wife team who not only share the same name, but the same passion for helping others build healthy relationships. In 1991, the Parrotts founded the Center for Relationship Development on the campus of Seattle Pacific University – a groundbreaking program dedicated to teaching the basics of good relationships.

Married in 1984, the Parrotts bring real-life examples to their speaking platform. Their professional training – Leslie as a marriage and family therapist, and Les as a clinical psychologist – ensures a presentation that is grounded, insightful and cutting-edge. 

Each year Les and Leslie speak in over 40 cities. Their audiences include a wide array of venues, from churches to Fortune 500 company board rooms. The Governor of Oklahoma appointed the Parrotts as the first ever statewide Marriage Ambassadors. Authorities have called upon Les and Leslie to provide on-site support in the aftermath of worldwide disasters such as Ground Zero and Chernobyl. The Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, invited them to assist his soldiers with re-entry into family life upon returning from Iraq. 

Part of Les and Leslie’s vision for building stronger, life-long marriages is to equip a band of more than a million marriage mentors who walk alongside less experienced couples. Research reveals that marriage mentoring is one of the best things we can do to cut the divorce rate and improve marriages – whether couples are engaged, newly married or married of decades.

The Parrotts have been featured in USA Today and the New York Times. Their television appearances include CNN, The View, The O’Reilly Factor, The Today Show and Oprah.

As #1 New York Times best-selling authors, their books have sold over two million copies in more than two dozen languages, and include best-selling and Gold-medallion winner Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Other popular titles include Real Relationships, L.O.V.E., The Parent You Want To Be, Trading Places, The Complete Guide To Marriage Mentoring and Love Talk.

Les Parrott currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington. Les Parrott has an academic affiliation as follows - Seattle Pacific University.

Les Parrott has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Contemporary Christian Counseling

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
It's helping me  Oct 3, 2006
A good book, especially if YOU are the control freak. I'm still working at it; it's a day-to-day struggle to realize that overcontrolling only hurts those you love.

Good read  Mar 29, 2006

I picked up this book becuase I had problems with a few control freaks in my life. Reading it gave me a new perspective on why people control and how wide the scope can be. I'm also shocked to realise that a person like myself who's struggling with control freaks also has some control issues. Ironical as it sounds, Les is right to say that "it takes one to know one".

I'll recommend this book to anyone who's dealing with controlling people in their lives. It also provides suggestions on ways to improve those relationships.
Very Helpful  Mar 14, 2005
As a person who deals with numerous control freaks, and who possesses the traits myself, I can appreciate Parrot's advice here for handling folks who refuse to do things any other way than their way. I can also appreciate his tips for tempering the control freak within me. His words are candid, thoughtful, and enlightening.

This book is a good read for anyone who interacts a great deal with people. Strained relationships can be mended and strengthened by taming the control freaks around us, and most importantly the control freak within us.
A Handbook for Dealing with Pushy, Domineering People  Dec 22, 2004
Les Parrott is a Christian psychology professor and author of several best sellers. He is well-known in the Christian community and is the founder and co-director of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University.

I have found Dr. Parrott's writings very useful in my ministry for adult children of abusive or controlling birth-families, Luke 17:3 Ministries. In this book, Dr. Parrott teaches us how to recognize a control freak and discusses their top ten characteristics- obnoxious, tenacious, invasive, obsessive, perfectionist, critical, irritable, demanding, rigid, and closeminded.

A Control Freak has little respect for privacy and snoops in areas that aren't her business. It doesn't matter how illogical his argument or how insignificant his point, he won't let go. He often zeroes in on some minor detail and doesn't care about the big picture. Compromise is unspeakable- she is right and everybody else is wrong. She sets standards you never agreed to live by. Anything and everything is cause for a tantrum. He will make ridiculous demands and insist or coerce you into doing things his way. He uses criticism as a terrific tool to get people to do what he wants them to.

There is a Control-Freak Self-Test which will tell you if you know a control-freak. Yes or No questions include: If something isn't exactly to this person's liking, he or she reflexively points it out- even at the risk of embarrassing others; It seems that winning an argument is more important to this person than finding the best solution; and If this person doesn't get what he or she wants, you can count on a good display of anger, pouting, or the silent treatment.

The WADIT Principle is explained in a grimly humorous way. We continue forever to do something silly that doesn't make sense because of the WADIT Principle- because that is the way We Always Did It.

Various types of Control-Freaks are discussed, as well as how to cope with them, including chapters on The Pushy Parent and The Invasive In-Law. Each chapter includes a self-test so you can see if you have a Pushy Parent or Invasive In-Law. Setting boundaries, saying "No", forgiveness, identifying your own reactive style, and making decisions are all discussed. We are also taught how to tame our own controlling tendencies.

This is a very interesting and informative book for those with controlling family members, or other controlling people in their lives, and I highly recommend it.

Who's a Control Freak?  Sep 10, 2002
As a previously self-diagnosed Control Freak, this book is a real eye opener. Good for both the CF and those who live or work with CF's. An honest appraisal and reading of the suggestions was very helpful.

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