Why We Elect Narcissists and Sociopaths―and How We Can Stop

Why We Elect Narcissists and Sociopaths―and How We Can Stop


Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

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Bestselling author Bill Eddy describes how dangerous high-conflict personalities have taken leadership of governments worldwide–and what citizens can do to keep these people out of office.

Democracy is under siege. The reason isn’t politics. It’s personalities: too many countries have come under the sway of high-conflict politicians (HCPs). Most of these HCPs have traits of narcissistic personality disorder, antisocial (i.e., sociopathic) personality disorder, or both. This is the first and only guide for identifying and thwarting HCPs.

Bill Eddy says the key to understanding HCPs is their use of what he calls the Fantasy Crisis Triad:

  1. There’s a terrible crisis!

  2. It’s caused by this evil person or group.

  3. I’m the only person who can solve it and save you.

Using Hitler, Stalin, Putin, Berlusconi, Chavez, Nixon, Trump and others as case studies, Eddy shows how HCPs create or exacerbate conflict to manipulate our emotions and rise to power. But he also shows how we can spot HCPs early on (he includes a checklist of forty typical behaviors), respond to them effectively, and identify and give our support to genuine leaders.

Hardcover | $24.95
Published by Berrett-Koehler PublishersBook
Publication date: May 28, 2019
Binding: hardcover
ISBN (print):  9781523085279
Pages: 192
Size: 6 x 9


Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and the Training Director of the 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 30 states and 10 countries.

As an attorney, Bill was 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:

5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life
Splitting America
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