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Letting Go of Anger: The 10 Most Common Anger Styles and What to Do about Them Paperback – January, 1995

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About the Author

Ron and Pat Potter-Efron are psychotherapist in private practice in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with a special focus on anger management. Ron is the author of Angry All the Time: An Emergency Guide to Anger Control. The Potter-Efrons are also drug and alcohol counselors and the co-authors of Anger, Alcoholism, and Addiction which was featured in the Behavioral Sciences Book Club, and Letting Go of Shame, which was a main selection of the Psychology Book Club.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (January 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572240016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572240018
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The more I think about anger, the more fascinated I become. For me, this unusual perspective on anger could not have been possible without reading Letting Go of Anger. From this book, you can learn that anger is a natural, normal, healthy response to something that is wrong in your life. You accept it. You act on it (if you think it's appropriate and if you feel it's worth your while) and then you let it go. You ignore it at your peril. On the other hand, this book is a testament to the fact that natural, normal, healthy anger can be perverted in at least ten different ways. The book deals with ten styles of anger and ten related problems of anger, but in the authors' own words, "there are more, but these ten are common". By reading this intensely practical book, not only can you learn about a perverted style or styles of anger, you can also learn effective ways to deal with perverted anger in others. A word of caution, though. If you think you can use this knowledge and wisdom to assert your power and control over others, think again. Read the chapter on moral anger and it will disabuse you of this notion very quickly. I recommend that you read about all of the styles, not only for your own benefit, but for the benefit of those with whom you live or work. Learn that anger can be avoidant, sneaky, moral, deliberate, habitual, addictive, shameful (based in shame), paranoid, sudden, or hateful. A quiz at the beginning of the book, followed by real life examples of each, will help you to ascertain if you have a favourite style or styles, and enable you to identify any leanings towards one or the other. Guidelines for learning healthy anger follows in the same chapter.Read more ›
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It starts of with a quiz to help you determine YOUR anger style. It then goes to explain each style & how to work on resolving your anger so that it's functional & healthy. It's easy to read, extremely informative & an invaluable reference in learning about this emotion.
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I just received this book three days ago and I am almost done reading it. It is extremely easy to understand. There are no fancy medical terms, it is just down to earth. I will use this book as a constant referance in controlling anger. It is a great tool. If you are getting disgusted with feeling angry all the time, like I was, then get this book. It may help you understand too.
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This book seems like it was written at the beginning stages of the self-help pop psychology movement. It is like an extra long version of a fashion magazine article on anger "styles." Get yourself a practical book that gets to the heart of the matter like 60 second anger management : quick tips to handle explosive feelings by Michael Hershorn. Anger Management Workbook by W.A.Angus is also a good choice for its practicality. The Anger Workbook by Lorraine Bilodeau is a very straightforward book that illuminates the many causes of anger that aren't just behavioral.
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Having gone to an anger management class, the teacher recommended this book. I was very delighted in how they outline types of anger, as well as solutions. There is a quiz that helped me define my style, and underlying causes. Then, there are defined solutions. Very simple, no psychomumbojumbo. Easy to read, understand and incorporate. I certainly consider it a valuable tool for anyone dealing with their own anger. It also helps in understanding others angers a bit, but mostly your own.
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If you would like the hardcover format it is IBSN 0760712735. This book covers the problem of too much anger and what to do about it. Anger is not only a mental burden, but too much anger can make you sick.
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Although very comprehensive in effort and detail, I felt it did not go below the surface of anger causes. It covered so many types of just everyday anger that even the Dali Lama would have to admit to some of them.

I know everyone has their moments however to dwell on lists of "does this happen when or does that happen when " , I believe is less theraputic than to seek deep root cause. Thats where people learn to overcome the problem.

I did not find this book helpful.
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While it is true that this book confines itself to the description of particular STYLES of anger and how to manage that type of style, it is nonetheless extremely useful for both the individual having problems with anger and those who are trying to help him or her. It is written as a self help book but it can also be used in session by therapists working with angry clients. I have, for instance, used it successfully helping servicemembers with problems managing their anger. What they learned as a result of the knowledge contained in this book, by their own report, helped them a great deal.

Already in Chapter 1 Anger Problems, Anger Styles, the author presents an Anger Styles uiz which they give the reader permission to duplicate and use. As a result the taker of this test finds out which dominant anger style he tends to favor in his dealing with frustration. The book then goes into these anger styles in greater detail. As is stated in Chapter 12 Conclusion: Letting Go of Anger "Anger is an important emotion that tells you something is wrong. It pushes you into action. It's a messenger that you must not ignore. But anger can cause problems, especially when you get stuck in it. We've described ten completely different kinds of anger problems in this book, and there are certainly more. The ten we chose cause the greatest number of difficulties for most people. Each of the ten can be changed,though, if you are willing to make a strong conscious effort." Part II of the book discussed Masked Anger Styles (Anger Avoidance, Sneaky Anger and Paranoid Anger); Part III Explosive Anger Styles (Sudden Anger, Shame-based Anger, Deliberate Anger and Addictive Anger); and Part IV Chronic Anger Styles (Habitual, Moral and Hate).

There is much to be learned from this book.
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