Dr. Harriet B. Braiker wrote three successful, general-audience psychology books dealing primarily with women's issues, including the New York Times bestseller The Disease to Please.
Braiker, a clinical psychologist, talk-show regular, and best-selling author (The Disease To Please), succeeds at showing readers how to break free from manipulation, albeit without an inventive spin. Pointing out that everyone is subject to manipulation but that some people are more susceptible than others, she helps readers recognize manipulation and assess and reduce their own vulnerability and teaches resistance tactics to use when faced with manipulation. Her thesis is best stated this way: "The only effective way to change a manipulator is to make her tactics ineffective by changing yourself." Questionnaires and lists make the reading interactive, if not colorful. This book is an excellent companion to Helene Brenner's I Know I'm in Here Somewhere, which also speaks to "people pleasers." While Braiker does little to distinguish her book from similar self-help titles, this is still user-friendly and serves its purpose well. For large general and pop psych collections.-David Leonhardt, Chesterville, Ont. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"She helps readers recognize manipulation, and assess and reduce their own vulnerability, and teaches resistance tactics to use when faced with manipulation."