Dr. Phil, the famous television personality, offers up his normal style of energetic, no-holds-barred advice in this book, this time seeking to help his readers advance their goals while avoiding or fighting off the manipulative, nasty, exploitative people who seek to undermine them.
He describes people he calls BAITERS, for Backstabbers, Abusers, Imposters, Takers, Exploiters, and the Reckless, and suggests ways of identifying these people in various areas of life and neutralizing their ability to damage innocent lives.
Those who know Dr. Phil already may not need this review, as they likely already know what the book is like. It is, in fact, very true to his standard style, full of enthusiasm and good humor. He is utterly direct and takes no prisoners, but he is certainly not unkind. He even willingly offers the BAITERS themselves some thoughtful counsel to help them stop their destructive (and self-destructive) behaviors. His advice comes from years of experience and observation, and he is not afraid to reveal incidents and anecdotes from his personal life that illustrate the concepts he is trying to teach (even discussing times when he himself was victimized by a BAITER).
Much of the book is taken up with cheerleading, encouraging, and persuading rather than specific strategies, which may be more or less useful for the reader depending on their own present state of mind. His vigorous and straightforward speaking style translates better to the page in some places than in others, with his enthusiasm perhaps a bit overwhelming for more introverted readers.
It is hard to picture a person who cannot find anything of benefit in this book, and much of it seems both wise and sensible. And if you do happen to be in a place where you find yourself regularly victimized by unscrupulous and unkind people, this book may prove to be a life-changer for you.
Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader