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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; No Edition Stated edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573928461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573928465
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the definitive book on the aggressive driving epidemic..." -- Palo Alto Daily News, November 4, 2000

About the Author

Leon James, Ph.D. (Honolulu, HI), the nation's foremost authority on road rage and aggressive driving, is frequently quoted in the nation's press and has raised the standard of discussion on this topic. His expert testimony at congressional hearings in July 1997 helped legislators to realize that aggressive driving is a cultural problem. Diane Nahl, Ph.D. (Honolulu, HI), is associate professor of Information and Computer Sciences in the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaii and is the founder of the new field of Driving Informatics. Dr. Nahl and Dr. James have authored the RoadRageous aggressive-driving video course, which is used in driving schools and court-mandated traffic violator schools. They're also active in aggressive-driving prevention training for law enforcement, and their Web site at DrDriving.org provides services for older drivers, commercial drivers, and teen drivers.

More About the Author

Leon James was born in 1938 in Rumania under the name of Leon "Licu" "James" Jakobovits. He went to school in Belgium and college in Montreal, Canada. He obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology at McGill University in 1962. He taught at Laval University in Quebec, University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu where he is currently Professor of Psychology.

He specializes in driving psychology and maintains a Web site at DrDriving.org He has given 1,500 interviews to the media since 1997. See the full list here: http://www.drdriving.org/about/interviews-2011a.htm

In 1981 he came across the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). After years of studying Swedenborg's Writings, Leon James developed a modern scientific version of Swedenborg's psychology, which he calls "theistic psychology". His books and articles on this topic are posted on the Web at http://www.theisticPsychology.org

Professor James teaches online courses for psychology majors at the University of Hawaii. His students learn internet technology through the use of Google+ Hangout for interacting online and carrying out collaborative projects online.

Leon James is an enthusiastic user of Pinterest and Instagram (kailuan).He has published journal articles and books in psychology for over half a century. These are all available on the Web by searching his name.

He can be reached by email at licujames@gmail.com
His university Web site is at: http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy/leon.htm

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rickzz on November 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
The authors of this book are regarded as experts on the subject- they also set up a website on driving, which is widely cited by the media.

Overall, this book is well worth reading. It's divided into 3 parts: part I describes the problem of road rage and cites some horrific incidents; part II is a "self-help" manual for reducing driving stress and improving one's "emotional intelligence"; section III consists of misc. topics and is a bit dated since this book was published in 2000. Each chapter cites a variety of references and academic studies; however, because of this, the writing and organization are a bit jumbled.

I'm fascinated by road rage because it's amazing how people with no criminal background can commit extreme violence with so little provocation....driving literally taps into the cavemen inside us all. Basically, reducing road rage is about emphatizing with other drivers (letting other drivers into your lane which is what you'd want in their place; or slowing down when someone makes a right-turn, which is again what you'd want in their place). It's also about becoming less competitive- realizing how futile it is. The final step is to NOT respond with insane fury when someone provokes you without cause (like giving you the finger)....in "Mean Genes" (2000), I read that evolutionary psychologists believe we retaliate so instantly and without thinking because we evolved in small communities where it was important to maintain one's reputation because we would encounter the same people time and time again- in the case of driving today, the chances of encountering the same driver again are near-zero, so we should just let it go...easier said then done.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you want to be good to yourself and be happier, calmer, more truly in control of your universe, read this book. It could change, not to mention save, your life.
The authors guide you to understand your driving self and show how to change highway stress, fear, anger, and assault into enjoyable time on the road. This book offers a different approach - linking checklists and exercises to explanations of specific emotions and behaviors so you can understand your particular driving attitudes and actions. There are many practical suggestions for avoiding road rage and transforming your driving experience, all supported by real-life examples and scholarly research.
The book deals with all kinds of drivers and driving situations, with special attention to how we can teach our children and be good examples for them so that there won't be a new generation of road ragers. It addresses multitasking to handle dashboard dining and the new technologies that add to driving distractions - cell phones, on-board computers, TVs, and global positioning systems.
Decreasing road rage and aggressive driving would be a huge benefit to society. But go ahead and be selfish - read this book for your own benefit, to change your road rage to driving delight. If enough people do the same, society will reap the rewards too.
[N.B. I created the index for this book]
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
What are the symptoms of road rage and how can aggressive driving patterns and encounters be halted? In Road Rage and Aggressive Driving, the authors trace these problems to childhood roots and attitudes toward the law: they argue that road rage is experienced by most drivers, and tell how to use self-tests to estimate personal road rage tendencies. A three-step program to transform drivers from aggressive to supportive drivers is included.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you know someone who becomes aggressive when they get behind the wheel, BUY THEM THIS BOOK!
This is the ultimate treatise on road rage. Dr. James and Dr. Nahl are the world's #1 experts on road rage, and they have spent years researching the causes, consequences, and cures of aggressive driving. Here they tell the real story of why we love to rage behind the wheel. They show us how to protect ourselves from aggressive drivers, and more importantly, how to achieve emotional self control.
Check out the authors' web site: [...]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bladerunner B26354 on September 18, 2009
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This book covers a lot of important details about the psychology of road rage and aggressive driving. While reading, there is a natural resistance to some of the stories (case studies), because who really wants to read about something we do every day. I know how road rage works; it's impossible to accurately predict just who will snap, and who will keep their cool.

What is missing from this relatively good book is the physiological causes of road rage, or excessive anger in general, intermittent explosive disorder, such as a poor diet or a diet lacking the B-vitamins group. I have found that driving hungry or tired or stressed out definitely increases the propensity of something negative happening while driving if one is not able to maintain self-control. What this book didn't mention was much more specific, and scary: the killer instinct. If drivers are not careful, one middle finger, one brandished weapon, one-cut off too many may cause the emotionally unstable or frail driver to lose composure. Then we won't know anything about it until we see it reported in the papers.

The doctors give good advice for people who have problems controlling their tempers, and that's what dealing with road rage is all about: control. God help you if you have a lack of it.
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