About the Author

Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

Lawyer | Therapist | Mediator | Author | Keynote Speaker

Bill Eddy is the Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the High Conflict Institute in San Diego, California, USA.

He developed the high conflict personality theory to explain the driving forces behind people who present the most challenging behaviors. He is an expert on managing disputes involving high conflict situations and 5 high conflict personality types, including a subset of those with narcissistic, borderline, antisocial, histrionic, and paranoid personality disorders. He has trained over 200,000 professionals in 10 countries on understanding and managing high conflict disputes, including lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists, and others.

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 12 years’ experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples, and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics.

He serves on the faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law in California and is a Conjoint Associate Professor with the University of Newcastle Law School in Australia.

Bill Eddy has a popular blog on the Psychology Today website with over 3.5 million views and is the author and co-author of 16 books (as of 2020) on high conflict personalities, including two award winners (see all books, below).

  • Calming Upset People with EAR
  • 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life
  • High Conflict People in Legal Disputes
  • Managing High Conflict People in Court
  • Mediating High Conflict Disputes (co-author Michael Lomax)
  • It’s All YOUR Fault! 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything
  • It’s All Your Fault at Work (award winner) (co-author Georgi DiStefano)
  • BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People, Their Personal Attacks, Hostile Email and Social Media Meltdowns
  • BIFF for CoParents (co-authors Annette Burns and Kevin Chafin)
  • BIFF at Work (co-author Megan Hunter)
  • Why We Elect Narcissists and Sociopaths and How We Can Stop (award winner)
  • SPLITTING: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder (co-author Randi Kreger)
  • So, What’s Your Proposal?
  • Don’t Alienate the Kids
  • The Future of Family Court
  • Managing High Conflict People in Court
  • Dating Radar (co-author Megan Hunter)
  • Hiring Radar (co-author Megan Hunter)

He is also the developer of the New Ways series of methods, including:

  • New Ways for Families (divorce/separation)
  • New Ways for Work
  • New Ways for Mediation
  • New Ways for Life (for teens/adolescents)

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