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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608821331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608821334
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A powerful application of recent brain science to the field of anger management. Get this book and pay attention to what it says.”
—Rich Pfeiffer, MDiv, PhD, director of Growth Central



Healing the Angry Brain is as thorough a work on the neurobiology of anger as you will find anywhere. In addition to a comprehensive description of the biological and psychological functions of anger, it gives lots of practical advice on regulating anger in the context of a full and healthy emotional life.”
—Steven Stosny, PhD, author of Love without Hurt, How Improve Your Marriage without Talking about It, and Treating Attachment Abuse



“Psychotherapists are always asking neuroscientists, “How does understanding the brain help me to help my clients?” In Healing the Angry Brain, Ronald Potter-Efron provides an answer. Through a combination of clinical expertise and clear scientific information, he guides the reader to a better understanding of anger while providing a roadmap to relational and inner peace.”
—Lou Cozolino, professor of psychology at Pepperdine University

About the Author

Ronald Potter-Efron, MSW, PhD, is director of the anger management clinic at First Things First Counseling in Eau Claire, WI. He is author of many books about anger, including Angry All the Time, Letting Go of Anger, Rage, and The Handbook of Anger Management.


More 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."

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This book helps "how understanding the way our brain works can help each of us control anger and aggression."
Steven
Why I did not "love" the book is because I am a creationist, not an evolutionist; therefore, I strongly object to that assumption.
Loriann Chavira
This was a very informative book with easy to understand explanations about how the brain works - I got a lot from it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steven on January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
For most of my life, four things have troubled me beyond measure: sexual relations, anxiety, money and anger. Anger toward others and anger toward me has been most troubling.

Aristotle wrote that "Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."

In his book, "Healing the Angry Brain" Dr. Potter-Efron presents theory and practical advice to handle anger. This book helps "how understanding the way our brain works can help each of us control anger and aggression."

The author claims we can change because our brains have the characteristic science calls "plasticity," which he explains in Chapter 5 called "You can change your brain." Page 89, covers How to change the brain.

Like many non-fiction books, I browse the chapters and often begin with the last chapter. Chapter 8 is the last chapter and called "Developing Empathy." He states that some can use empathy to manipulate and influence others. Some of these types are politicians, salespeople and cult leaders.

The correct way to use empathy is what the author calls "empathetic concern." He also states the truth about forgiveness. If you want to know what you can do to help improve your life by dealing appropriately with anger, read chapter 8 first and then begin from the beginning of the book.

It is worth repeating Aristotle. "Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."

In conjunction with this book, the author suggests using the following web page, given with permission: [...]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve McNamara on September 9, 2012
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Expert advice in highly-readable form. Deftly combines an introduction to brain science with engaging anecdotes. The author also has an excellent video interview on a website for therapists if you can track it down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By breithaupt on October 28, 2013
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I found this book very helpful in identifying my own areas that I was needing to improve upon but previously unaware of. Suppressing my awareness would probably be more accurate. Likely a defense mechanism. Anyway, great book! Very well written. Easy to understand.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Dixon on July 20, 2013
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It isn't just to learn about angry people, it is to learn about how we all are angry.
How our emotions work and ways to deal with it.
It is a very well done, readable, instructive and helpful book.
I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Anderson on January 31, 2014
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I have a long history of rage. Understanding both how the brain works coupled with solid behavior self therapy he presents has provided me with a path to more sanity. Most helpful. I would also recommend this therapist/author's other books which I started with. Consideration of working with a qualified therapist is also worthwhile to pursue plus medications like Abilify really help
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ghislaine Claudine Bire Loza on June 18, 2014
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This book is just wonderful. It's so detailed on brain's functions and the way we can "rewire" it to transform anger into better emotions. It is a must-have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 4, 2014
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Denial busting clarity. Plausible solutions. Incredible hope.
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