By Gloria Davenport PhD

Older adults, like several participants, have diverse personalities and temperaments. in response to Dr. Davenport, toxicity in older adults manifests itself in unfavourable behaviors and attitudes which can adversely influence interactions with health and wellbeing execs, caregivers, and relatives. Davenport offers theories and case examples to assist us comprehend this phenomenon and gives helpful innovations for taking care of poisonous elders. A worthy useful advisor for social staff, therapists, caregivers, and scholars.

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6) . The only emotional payoff for habituated toxics seems to be either attempting to pull other persons down into their own state of misery or withdrawing from healthy people and getting comfort from their own kind. According to Horney, this is an achievable effort to do away with inner conflicts and to create an artificial harmony ( 1 945/ 1 992, pp. 1 6, 33) . Reflections Yes, it was serendipitous that I impulsively picked up Karen Hor­ ney's book Our Inner Conflicts, especially when I realized she was 60 years of age when it was published.

Verbal abuse often leads to emotional damage that can systematically dismantle and undermine the self-esteem and confi­ dence of anyone who must work with, serve, care for, or relate to toxics if they do not understand what they are dealing with or are personally susceptible to and internalize the psych ol ogical poison. In her book When You and Your Mother Can't Be Friends (1990, p. 107). Secunda recounts the actions of a toxic ager as she describes "the Critic": The Critic is a woman in a state of constant dread, like a fugitive on the run-she is terrified someone will discover that she is really as unworthy as she accuses everyone else of being.

Toxics simply cannot, or will not, connect honestly with others. Prefer Being Miserable One can easily get the impression that toxic agers like being miserable. For example, observe how secure and less anxious they WHY THE FOCUS ON TOXIC AGERS? • 35 are when those around them are frustrated and unhappy. To keep these negative strokes coming, advanced toxics tend to surround themselves with people who will reinforce their negative patterns and games. If asked directly, however, toxics will vehemently deny this penchant.

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