High Conflict People in Legal Disputes

High Conflict People in Legal Disputes

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People blame others more now than ever, and we're becoming more of a litigious society than ever.

People with high conflict personalities (HCPs) clog our courts as plaintiffs with inappropriate claims against their personal "targets of blame," and as defendants who have harmed others and need to be stopped. Everybody knows someone with a High Conflict Personality. "How can he be so unreasonable?" "Why does she keep fighting? Can't she see how destructive she is?" "Can you believe they're going to court over ______?"

Some HCPs are more difficult than others, but they tend to share a similar preoccupation with blame that drives them into one dispute after another—and keeps everyone perplexed about how to deal with them.

Using case examples and an analysis of the general litigation and negotiation behaviors of HCPs, this book helps make sense of the fears that drive people to file lawsuits and complaints. It provides insight for containing their behavior while managing and/or resolving their disputes. Characteristics of the five "high-conflict" personality disorders are explored:

  • Borderline

  • Narcissistic

  • Histrionic

  • Paranoid

  • Antisocial

What's New in This Edition

  • Updates from the 2013 release of the revised DSM-5

  • New chapter on Paranoid Personality Disorder

  • New chapter on Presenting Your Case

  • Research on the prevalence of personality disorders

  • New case examples

Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. is an award-winning author, lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of High Conflict Institute. He developed the "High Conflict Personality" theory (HCP Theory) and is an international expert on managing high-conflict disputes.

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 at Monash University, University of Newcastle, the University of San Diego School of Law, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, and the National Judicial College.


Book Details

ISBN: 9781936268153

Language: English

Category: Law, Psychology, Non-Fiction, Family & Relationships, Relationships, Social Sciences, Courts

Publication Date: 13/09/2016

Pages: 277

Format: Paperback

Height: 9.0 inch

Width: 6.0 inch