George K. Simon
George K. Simon (born February 1, 1948) is a bestselling author and frequent weblog contributor. His wife, Sherry Simon, Ph.D., is also a professional, living and working in Little Rock.
George K. Simon, Jr., Ph.D. received his degree in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University. He has studied and worked with manipulators, others with disturbed personalities, and their victims for many years. He has given more than 250 workshops and seminars as well as made television and radio appearances on the subject of dealing with manipulative people and other difficult personalities.
Simon's first book, In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People, deals with manipulation. Simon discusses the tactics manipulators use to deceive and get the better of others. The book also offers tips on how to avoid being victimized and how to be more empowered in any relationship.
His latest book, Character Disturbance: the Phenomenon of Our Age, attempts to provide an in-depth, but readily understandable explanation of the most difficult and problematic personalities a person is likely to encounter, as well as practical ways to keep from being victimized by them. The book also advances the perspective that the phenomenon of "neurosis", about which most traditional psychological frameworks are concerned and which was largely an outgrowth of the highly repressive Victorian culture, has faded in both prevalence and intensity in modern times. It asserts that instead, the necessary issue of greater social concern in an era of permissiveness and entitlement is character disorder, which manifests itself not so much in bizarre psychosomatic symptoms, but rather in distorted thinking patterns, problematic attitudes, and irresponsible behaviors, and Simon asserts further that these can neither be adequately understood, nor effectively dealt with, via traditional approaches.
Simon has written numerous articles on character impairment for several popular weblogs, as well as for his own blog, and is the principal composer of the patriotic anthem "America, My Home".