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A Guide to Healthy Anger Expression
How do you express your anger? Do you blow up? Quietly seethe? Or do you try to pretend that you're really not angry at all and just hope the feelings will go away? Most of us express anger in more than one way, but we also tend to be creatures of habit, falling back on a few predictable styles when we feel angry. Unfortunately, while some styles are appropriate in some situations, others are not—and consistently using an inappropriate style is a sure way to find yourself saddled with a huge anger problem.
This book examines the eleven most common styles of anger expression and helps you learn how to communicate your anger in healthy ways. Learn which anger styles work for different situations—and which ones lead to certain disaster. Find out how to become more flexible and creative at expressing your anger. Once you understand the whole range of anger styles, you'll be able to better manage angry feelings and use your anger as a positive force for building a better life.
The Potter-Efrons continue to capture the essence of anger through their anger styles. By understanding the eleven anger styles and how they relate to each of us in a personal way, we gain insight that can unlock our own chains of anger. The Potter-Efrons have generously provided the tools to help break away from the most hardened of anger styles. Their guidance and experience will give each of us the opportunity to begin our journey on a path towards emotional freedom.
—V. William Blount, MS, author of Healthy Anger
Millions of Americans have problems with anger, and best-selling authors and anger experts Ronald and Patricia Potter-Efron are out to do something about it. Their hard-hitting style gets to the core of anger feelings, empowering readers to take control of their behavior and their lives. In this revised and expanded edition of their classic book Letting Go of Anger, the authors explore the eleven types of anger responses, how they function, and the best ways to manage them in daily life. Whether readers struggle with explosive, indirect, or chronic types of anger, they'll get straightforward advice for dealing with their feelings. New in this edition is a discussion of ways individuals with certain anger styles can actually benefit from studying other styles and how people with those inclinations manage their behavior.
A revised and updated edition from best-selling anger management author Ronald Potter-Efron, this book identifies the eleven most common anger patterns and offers step-by-step help for overcoming them.
About the Author
Ronald T. Potter-Efron, MSW, PhD, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Eau Claire, WI, who specializes in anger management, mental health counseling, and the treatment of addictions. He is the author of Angry All the Time and Stop the Anger Now and coauthor of The Secret Message of Shame and Anger, Alcoholism, and Addiction.Patricia S. Potter-Efron, MS, is a clinical psychotherapist at First Things First Counseling Center in Eau Claire, WI. She is coauthor of Letting Go of Shame and The Secret Message of Shame, as well as several professional books on anger and shame.
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