Your one-stop guide to anger management Anger is a completely normal, healthy human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—at work, in personal relationships, and in the overall quality of life. Anger Management For Dummies provides trusted and authoritative information on anger management methods, skills, and exercises that will help you or a loved one identify sources of anger and release them healthily. Anger has become one of the most intimate issues in today's world – as life, in general, has become increasingly stressful. . Anger Management For Dummies shows you how anger is often a bi-product of other more primitive emotions, such as fear, depression, anxiety, and stress, and arms you with the strategies that can help you conquer them. Inside, you'll discover how to overcome obstacles to change, rethink rage, confront anger head-on with healthier responses, and much more. Features new and updated coverage on road rage, air rage, office rage, and dealing with angry children Introduces you to new cognitive strategies for changing angry thinking Explains the difference between anger and aggression Shows you how to effectively and safely deescalate difficult people and situations With the tools, tips, and strategies provided in this hands-on guide, you'll find everything you need to overcome anger and live a happier, more productive life.
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Anger Management 5 Chapter 1: Understanding Anger 7 Chapter 2: Finding Your Anger Profile 15 Chapter 3: Deciding Whether to Change 35 Part II: Rethinking Anger 55 Chapter 4: Jump?]Starting Anger Management 57 Chapter 5: Connecting Events to Thoughts and Feelings 69 Chapter 6: Reexamining Angry Thoughts 79 Chapter 7: Taking the Focus Off Yourself 103 Part III: Equipping Yourself with Anger?]Management Tools 113 Chapter 8: Communicating Assertively 115 Chapter 9: Solving Problems without Anger 137 Chapter 10: Relaxing Anger Away 149 Chapter 11: Practicing Non?]Angry Responses 161 Part IV: Managing Anger Hotspots 173 Chapter 12: Dealing with Anger at Work 175 Chapter 13: Controlling Anger at Home with Family 191 Chapter 14: Subduing Anger in Intimate Relationships 209 Part V: Handling Anger from the Past 221 Chapter 15: Letting Go of Past Anger 223 Chapter 16: Finding Forgiveness 237 Chapter 17: Preventing Relapse 247 Part VI: Living Beyond Anger 255 Chapter 18: Soothing Stress 257 Chapter 19: Balancing Your Body 273 Chapter 20: Building Social Support 291 Chapter 21: Finding Meaning and Purpose 301 Part VII: The Part of Tens 313 Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Deal with Angry People 315 Chapter 23: Ten Ways to End Road Rage 323 Chapter 24: Ten Anti?]Anger Thoughts 331 Index 339
Charles H. Elliott, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and a Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Laura L. Smith, PhD, is the president-elect of the New Mexico Psychological Association. Together, they coauthored Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies and others.
Learn to: Defuse your anger before it strikes Express your feelings calmly Identify anger triggers Release healthy anger effectively Successfully put anger in its proper place and live a vital, happy life! Anger is a completely normal human emotion. But when it turns destructive, it can lead to problems — at work, in relationships, and in the overall quality of life. Inside, you'll find trusted and authoritative information on anger-management methods, skills, and exercises that will help you identify sources of anger and release them in a healthy manner. Disengage from rage — identify anger and where it comes from, understand how emotions work, and debunk myths about anger Tame the beast — spot your anger buttons, figure out how, when, and where you express anger, and take a look at problems that accompany anger Keep your cool — take stock of the cost of your anger, decide whether it's productive to stay mad, and embrace transforming old patterns into positive ones Get a new outlook — discover how to dig out and challenge distorted thoughts, reexamine them, and put them to a better, healthier use Improve your health — find an array of specific skills and necessary lifestyle changes for managing difficult situations without excessive anger Open the book and find: How to manage your anger by focusing on what works The importance of a good night's sleep Ways to change your perspective on life Why carefully controlled expressions of anger are better for you than venting How to transform conflicts into challenges Advice on finding forgiveness and leading an anger-free life How managing your anger is completely within your power
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