Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.
Trump Bubbles is the first book to really explain the rise and fall of Donald Trump, candidate for President of the United States of America.
What’s a trump bubble? It’s when emotions trump thinking in politics. When fear trumps facts. When leader love trumps logic. Donald Trump is the most recent trump bubble, but trump bubbles have occurred before and will again.
Remember the dot.com bust of 2000? The housing and stock market bubbles that burst in 2008? They were held up by “irrational exuberance." Now there’s the Donald Trump Bubble. People love him or hate him or are totally confused. However, he is quite predictable, if you understand high-conflict personalities.
Trump Bubbles explains the rise-and-fall pattern of high-conflict politicians, focusing on the case of Donald Trump and the questions people ask:
• Why do people compare him to Adolf Hitler in the 1920’s?
• Why do people defend him despite his outrageous statements and beliefs?
• Will he become reasonable if he ever becomes President?
• Does he have narcissistic personality disorder?
• Will he settle on a set of policies, or will he keep changing impulsively?
• Could he be a good thing for American politics?
• Would he start World War III?
• How do you stop trump bubbles once they start?
• What happens when a trump bubble bursts?
To answer these questions, the author relies on social science, psychology and history, as well as his years of training professionals in dealing with high-conflict personalities and situations. It’s a beautiful thing!
“The views expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent the opinions of any organization or business. The author intends this book to be educational about extreme high-conflict politicians and does not speak for or against any political party.”
--Bill Eddy, author Trump Bubbles: The Dramatic Rise and Fall of High-Conflict Politicians.
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Publication date: 2016
ISBN (print): 978-1-936268-10-8
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-936268-11-5
Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of High Conflict Institute. He developed the “High Conflict Personality” theory (HCP Theory) and has become an international expert on managing disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders. He provides training on this subject to lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists and others. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, Australia, France and Sweden.
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 Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years and he is on the part-time faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and the National Judicial College. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including:
BIFF: Quick Responses to High-Conflict People, Their Personal Attacks, Hostile Email and Social Media Meltdowns
High Conflict People in Legal Disputes
It’s All YOUR Fault! 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything
SPLITTING: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder
It’s All Your Fault at Work
Future of Family Court
Don’t Alienate the Kids
"Bill Eddy’s latest book, Trump Bubbles, takes his high-conflict personality analysis into a sweeping look at political leaders and the high-risk effect of their personal patterns of behavior. At times frightening, insightful and hopeful, this book is a fascinating read about important issues. Narcissistic political leaders are highly attractive, but also can be very dangerous."
—Joseph Burgo, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me Age
"Bill Eddy comes through in the nick of time with this tremendous exploration of high-conflict personalities in politics. Whether you are an anxious voter, a citizen who’s fed up with American politics, or someone who’s tired of drama in leadership, this book is for you. Nobody understands the psychological dynamics of high-profile and high-conflict politicians, or how to deal with them, better than Eddy. Get this book now, read it, and apply what’s inside. Trump Bubbles may be one of the most significant and needed books of the decade."
—Nate Regier, PhD, CEO of Next Element Consulting and author of Beyond Drama: Transcending Energy Vampires and Conflict without Casualties: A Field Guide for Leading with Compassionate Accountability
“Picking up on the themes that Bill Eddy and I wrote about in our book Splitting America, published just before the 2012 presidential election, Trump Bubbles offers a stimulating, insightful, and in-depth historic analysis of previous political and economic ‘bubbles’ that, predictably, have risen and fallen over the years, and carries us forward into the unsettling 2016 presidential election—with its worrisome ‘Trump phenomenon.’ Bill’s well-documented explanation of this phenomenon is fascinating and informative, as he clearly illustrates the perils for our nation of having a high-conflict person in a major leadership position of power. Informed by his vast background in studying high-conflict people, Bill offers warnings along with reasonable recommendations for preventing these ‘Trump Bubbles’ from taking us in; for the sake of us all, we need to heed his warnings and take his recommended actions to heart!”
—Donald T. Saposnek, PhD, author of Mediating Child Custody Disputes: A Strategic Approach and co-author of Splitting America: How Politicians, Super PACs and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce
“Bill Eddy has nailed it with this gripping and eye-opening analysis of Donald Trump’s rise in American politics. What’s so fascinating is the historical context Eddy provides to shed light on the Trump bubble. From the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, to McCarthyism, to the Vietnam War and the Iraq War, Eddy points out how political leadership by narcissistic personalities is nothing new in our society. What’s new, Eddy demonstrates, are the fairly recent cultural, economic, and social changes—including American media practices—that have created the perfect storm culminating in the dangerous state of American politics in 2016. We, as a country, are at a political crossroads, with even more at stake than we first believed. Eddy offers concrete recommendations on how each of us can respond to ‘Trump bubbles’ now and in the future. This book should be required reading before voting for any candidate. I see Eddy’s work also becoming a staple of U.S. history, political science, and sociology classes for years to come.”
—Alison L. Patton, Esq., attorney, mediator, and contributing writer to Huffington Post and lemonadedivorce.com
“No matter where you stand on the politic spectrum, you have a responsibility to read this book. Bill Eddy brings the reality of our world into focus through the lenses of history, psychology, and politics. He gives us all a way to make sense of the high-conflict culture in which we live and offers the long-overdue gift of sound, down-to-earth advice about how to maintain our sanity, if not our civilization. If only Trump Bubbles had been in print seventy or eighty years ago, humanity would today be in a far healthier place.”
—Benjamin D. Garber, PhD, author of Holding Tight/Letting Go, Developmental Psychology for Family Law Professionals, and Keeping Kids Out of the Middle
June 6, 2016
Stephen Hawking was recently asked if he can explain Donald Trump and he said "I can't". Not surprising though--Hawking's a smart guy, but he's a physicist, not a social scientist. However, Bill Eddy, the author, IS a social scientist--specifically a professional therapist, mediator, and attorney specializing in conflict resolution. He brings his unique insight to a phenomenon that reporters, politicians, and even physicists cannot understand.
Why is Trump so popular and what can we do about it? Eddy explores High-conflict Personalities (HCP) as it relates to politicians He explains Trump's appeal through the emotional right-brain rather than logical left brain. Eddy shows how HCPs have narrow behavior pattern that cannot change, and the consequences of a HCP as president--one only too willing to start wars and not work together to solve problems. Eddy suggests how to talk to Trump supporters (hint: it's not logic and reason, but EAR: empathy, attention, and respect).
Finally, Eddy steps back and shows the danger of modern politics that is too willing to be narcissic and show lack of restraint, instead of collaborate and work together to solve problems. The book is well-written and easy to read by the non-professional.
Andrea Burnett Public Relations