This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.
Skill Level Beginner
- [Author] Now after many years of doing this and seeing many, many people who get into trouble in a variety of ways is that from my experience, people who get into trouble with other people who don't have an otherwise illness, mental illness, or other major issues, fall into 10 basic types. And so when I set down to write this book I just categorized those types and how to sort a spot them and what to do about them. - [Man] Okay, well you've got me so on the edge of my seat now, even thought I'm at a standing desk. So okay, what are there names, what do they do, how do we spot 'em? - [Author] It's important I think as a backdrop to know that key to these types that I've laid out here, is that nobody here is sick. - Okay. - These are not diagnoses. - Sure. - These are not illness. These are the particular traits that help define some of the characteristics that might cause some people to have some trouble at work. - Okay. - [Author] So because we're not talking about psychiatric diagnoses or disorders or anything like that, I renamed these people and the traits that they're bringing to the table, just to sort of zero in and kind of drive home the fact that I'm not saying anyone here is sick. - All right. - And so the types are, I'll tell you the names. There's narcissus, and that's pretty self explanatory. There's the Venus fly trap, which in its most pathological form in psychiatry would be called somebody who has borderline personality dynamics. There's the swindler, which would be somebody who has sociopathic or criminal tendencies. The bean counter would be somebody who has obsessive compulsive tendencies. The distracted is somebody who sort of can't get themselves organized or time management. And again in its most pathologic form, could at the end of the spectrum be potentially diagnosed with some sort of attention deficit situation. But again, I'm not talking about that here. I call some with an addiction Mr. Hyde, because key to recognizing such a person, is the switch from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde, sort of erratic or sudden switches in behavior. When I refer to the lost, I'm talking about people who are experiencing cognitive decline at work and everywhere. The robotic would be the person who I guess we would colloquially now say falls on the spectrum, but really talking about people who just have trouble with interpersonal nuances and understanding the basics of the interpersonal interaction. The eccentric is bluntly put, just people who are sort of weird. - Okay. - And you know have magical or otherwise strange ideas that might raise an eyebrow. And then the suspicious is somebody who might have a more paranoid take on the world. So these are the basic 10 types.