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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: RedWheel / Weiser; First Edition edition (March 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573245550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573245555
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Anger, explains Judy Ford (Wonderful Ways to Love a Child), is a legitimate emotion, but it is also one that "causes tremendous confusion" because we don't always know how to express it productively and resolve it comfortably. In Getting Over Getting Mad: Positive Ways to Manage Anger in Your Most Important Relationships, Ford breaks anger down into neat, accessible components to help readers gain insight into what makes them angry and how anger erupts. Next, she walks them gently through the steps of healthy anger management. 5-city author tour in the Midwest and Northwest.

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More About the Author

Judy Ford, a trained professional with heart, soul, and life experience, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is also a best selling author, mother, friend, and some say inspirational role model. She has been studying love and relationships for over three decades specializing in love, loss, and the things that matter most.

Articles on her work have appeared in Oprah Magazine, Family Circle, Women's World, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Glamour, Woman's Day, among others. Her media appearances have included Oprah, CNN, and National Public Radio. She lives in teh Seattle area, where she maintains a psychotherapy practice and keeps a regular speaking schedule. With compassion and candor, her work speaks to the heart, inspiring us to love life, to persevere through its challenges and to share our gifts with others.

web site: www.judyford.com and blog: www.cartooncounseling.com

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Ford's suggestions and tips are practical and simple.
Cassandra Barnes
By learning how to handle anger within ourselves, we can deal with both ourselves, and others, much better.
Peter Griffiths
The book provides excellent resource material and is well worth reading.
Sandra D. Peters

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
I had the opportunity to attend one of Judy Ford's workshops several years ago; recently, I once again had the pleasure to partake of her wisdom when she spoke at a local book signing. I discovered that I was not the only one who made an effort to hear Judy on more than one occasion. Others who were there let it be known that they, too, had become "Judy Ford groupies." They were vocal about the impact that Judy had made on them individually, and in their relationships. This confidence in her advice has extended to her writings as well. Her book, WONDERFUL WAYS TO LOVE A CHILD, has become a favorite gift to give whenever I have a friend who is expecting a baby. I had never been moved to write to an author or to review a book before, but when I was given an oportunity here, I just had to write a few words to express my heartfelt appreciation of Judy and her new book, GETTING OVER GETTING MAD. WOW! I discovered a lot about myself in reading through the pages. Some of it made me cringe with the realization that I could have prevented a lot of ngative and frustrating situations if only I had been able to read this book years ago. Oh well, better late than never. Judy allows the reader to accept the reality of his or her anger, (something I had never been able to do) while at the same time offering constructive and positive ways to deal with it. The book is laid out in a reader friendly format so that one can read through it all at once, or simply turn to those chapters that specifically relate to his or her needs. I do recommend reading the book cover to cover, as one will discover considerable personal insight. Judy included wonderful examples hroughout the book, as well as illustrated staements at the end of each chapter which underscore the chapter's message.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on June 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a counsellor and teacher who has studied human behaviour, one of the topics covered in my program is stress management; stress and anger often go hand-in- hand. Anger can be an emotion used to protect one from the challenges and obstacles in life he or she prefers not to deal with. Uncontrolled anger can be negative and damaging to ourselves and others, often steming from an action causing fear or hurt.
Judy Ford has written an excellent book on how to deal with negative emotion in a constructive manner. Left unleashed, or supressed, anger can cause a lifetime of pain and suffering for the recipient, particularly so when the recipient is a child. Anger can also contribute to a vast array of emotional and physical problems for the individual who cannot manage his or her own anger is a positive way.
"Getting Over Getting Mad" is like any other self-help book; in order for the message contained to produce results, the reader must be fully committed to improving and making long-term changes. Recognizing and accepting that one has an anger management problem is the first step, making a serious commitment to dealing with the problem is the next. Ford writes in a straight-forward, no-nonsense manner. The book provides excellent resource material and is well worth reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra Barnes on March 8, 2003
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"From losing our tempers easily to feeling a slow burn to hiding how irritated we really feel, all of us experience anger as a troubling emotion." In Getting Over Getting Mad: Positive Ways to Manage Anger in Your Most Important Relationships," Judy Ford, M.S.W., explains why we feel anger and what to do about it.
A psychotherapist, consultant, and best-selling author, Ford has worked for over thirty years with children and families in a wide variety of settings. This is her eighth book.
She presents her information in four major sections: dealing with anger at personal setbacks, at significant others, at children, and at colleagues. Underlying everything is the concept that we all feel anger at one time or another. It's how that anger is expressed, not the anger itself, that can create problems. Ford says that "while I know that we all have reasons to be angry, I can't think of one good reason to stay mad for very long." She distinguishes between "distorted anger, which tears families apart, and healthy anger, which keeps relationships thriving."
Ford emphasizes using anger to help in personal growth and offers myriad suggestions on how to make anger work for us. She includes examples of how real people have learned to manage their anger. The key is to recognize and deal with the anger as soon as it develops, before it grows into a major disturbance. And contrary to what many people have been taught, repressing anger doesn't solve anything.
Ford's suggestions and tips are practical and simple. Most involve learning to recognize exactly what you're feeling, and then delving into what created that feeling. After that, the underlying cause of the anger can be resolved. Often, just recognizing what's happening frees us from negative reactions.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Griffiths on June 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
P>A new book, GETTING OVER GETTING MAD, covers four areas of life in which anger is often a problem: our relationships with ourselves, our partners, our kids and those we work with.
Anger is often a problem for ourselves. Few of us like ourselves after we've blown up. Yet, we are responsible for our anger. We can't blame it on someone else. Even if someone else acts foolish, that is no excuse for us becoming angry and blowing up. By learning how to handle anger within ourselves, we can deal with both ourselves, and others, much better.
Anger is often a destructive force in marriages and relationships. It may result in the death of loving feelings, or in abuse. We need to understand how to respond to this anger, both ours, and theirs, in safe and caring ways.
Anger can be destructive in parenting. Inappropriate anger is harmful and abusive to children. Explosive anger may hurt children physically, and may drive them away from us emotionally.
Finally, anger can affect us at work. It can turn jobs into hell. It can also destroy friendships and relationships.
"Getting Over Getting Mad" is the best book on anger I have read in years. It is written in the style of the Chicken Soup books, about a page per topic. I can't cover this book fairly in one column. So, for the next four weeks, I will share a few of the ideas, which are so excellently covered in this book.
Recognizing and understanding anger in the presence of yourself, is the only way to be in charge of anger, instead of having anger in charge of you. Getting Over Getting Mad, by Judy Ford has some excellent direction on this task, presented in a series of short, and very readable one to two page articles. Here is my understanding of a few of her ideas.
1.Uncover the hurt behind your anger.
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