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Anger Kills: Seventeen Strategies for Controlling Hostility That Can Harm Your Health [Kindle Edition]

Dr Redford Williams
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Anger kills. We’re speaking here not about the anger that drives people to shoot, stab, or otherwise wreak havoc on their fellow humans. We mean instead the everyday sort of anger, annoyance, and irritation that courses through the minds and bodies of many perfectly normal people.

• If your immediate impulse when faced with everyday delays or frustrations—elevators that don’t immediately arrive at your floor, slow-moving supermarket lines, dawdling drivers, rude teenagers, broken vending machines—is to blame somebody;
• If this blaming quickly sparks your ire toward the offender;
• If your ire often manifests itself in aggressive action;

then, for you, getting angry is like taking a small dose of some slow-acting poison—arsenic, for example—every day of your life. And the result is often the same: Not tomorrow, perhaps, or even the day after, but sooner than most of us would wish, your hostility is more likely to harm your health than will be the case for your friend whose personality is not tinged by the tendencies to cynicism, anger, and aggression just described.

In Anger Kills, learn how to recognize the symptoms of chronic anger in yourself, avoid feelings of hostility, and deal with hostility from others.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Redford ( The Trusting Heart ) and Virginia Williams ( Surrealism, Quantum Philosophy and World War I ), husband and wife, explain the interplay of psychology and medicine in this instructive book. Elaborating on Redford Williams's earlier work, which linked excess hostility to life-threatening illness, especially heart disease, they present new scientific findings as well as draw on their own experiences in their more than 30 years together. A questionnaire and other exercises are provided to help readers locate their hostility level and identify what types of things "set them off." Finally, the authors outline 17 strategies to control anger. These include meditation, laughing at oneself, assertiveness, caring for a pet and performing community service. A deft balance of research and intuitive perceptions. Author tour.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This clearly written book is a continuation and elaboration of Redford Williams's earlier work, The Trusting Heart (Times Bks., 1989), in which he described recent scientific evidence linking hostile thinking and behavior to cardiovascular risk. In Anger Kills , the authors convincingly describe the damage that cynicism, anger, and aggression can do to personal health and to interpersonal relationships. A brief "hostility" questionnaire is followed by 17 proven techniques for changing these insidiously deleterious personality traits. The strategies are straightforward and practical. Follow even some of them and, at the least, you will improve the quality of your relationships. You may even prolong your life. A promotional tour should ensure high demand. Highly recommended for public libraries and wherever interest warrants.
- January Adams, Somerville P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 4963 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (November 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009UAO14W
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Easy-To-Use Guide June 17, 2003
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ANGER KILLS is a user-friendly book that combines practical skills with sound background information--starting with The Hostility Questionnaire in Chapter One "Am I At Risk?" which helps the reader identify her levels of Cynicism, Anger, and Aggression. The chapter also details two other methods for identifying danger levels of anger, The Hostility Log and The Hostility Roadmap.
Chapter Two "The Facts About Hostility" discusses the various important studies done not only on "Type A" people and behavior but also the medical evidence of the health risks of anger.
Chapters Three though Nineteen give one each of the 17 strategies, including: Reason with Yourself, Distract Yourself, Meditate, Avoid Overstimulation, Assert Yourself, Care for a Pet, Listen!, Be Tolerant, and Laugh at Yourself. Each chapter is organized into these sections: When to Use This Strategy, How to Use This Strategy, Why This Strategy Works, The ABCs of [e.g., Reasoning with Yourself], and Exercises.
It is obvious that ANGER KILLS is a labor of love as well as expertise. The Doctors Redmond (a husband and wife team) use examples from their own lives (not just the lives of their patients/clients) and relationship. Their writing style is clear, easy to follow, and empathic. Throughout the book, cartoons and quotations are used to illustrate key points. On the expertise side, he is director of behavioral research at Duke University Medical Center, and she is an author and historian.
ANGER KILLS is an easy-to-use guide to helping one's life become both healthier and happier.
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46 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the title says it all September 11, 1999
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Are you depressed? Do you seem to be pissed off a good part of your day; are you aggravated with people and do find yourself cursing at life? Well, there is probably anger driving these feelings of hostility toward yourself and others. This is very unhealthy in the long run. Unless you can buy your own island, dealing with people is a must. So instead of letting people make you mad, take control or else anger kills. If you don't believe this I will tell you how it almost killed my desire to succede and almost kept me from moving ahead.
The truth is people can be a pain in the u know where. Deal with it. This is how.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anger Can Be Hazardous to Your Health November 8, 2007
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"Getting angry is like taking a small dose of some slow-acting poison, arsenic...every day of your life (Page XV).

This books explains that hostility is at the root of our anger.
One cannot get rid of anger with a wish and a prayer or even a commitment not to do it again. I tried this dozens of times and it never works. This books tells me I must chip anger away a little bit at a time (until the day I die). The author states that "three aspects of hostility that are harmful to health are cynicism, anger, and aggression."

Cynicism: a mistrusting attitude,
Anger: the emotion that we show when confronted with unacceptable behavior, and
Aggression: the behavior to which hostile people are driven.

I will never cured of this habit since I had since six years old.
I must treat anger like someone keep away from any other addiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANger Kills by Redford Williams M.D. March 8, 2010
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This is the definitive book on the subject. Authoritative, well written and fascinating. This book culd save your life, take the test in the book to see if you are at risk. Also, the seller I bought it from on Amazon was great. New condition, great price and came before they said it would. 5 stars for them also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, applicable tools September 21, 2009
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This book is easy to read and provides a number of helpful tools that you can actually use in everyday life to deal with your anger. There is a very long chapter about the research that was done to support the findings, but even the author says you can skip it if you're not interested in that information. I skimmed that chapter. It does not inhibit to understanding and applying any of the tools. The tools chapters are short and to the point. They use everyday examples and always summarize with bullet points.
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