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Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion Paperback – September 15, 1989
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Dr. Ashley Montagu author of The Nature of Human Aggression This book is not only the best of its kind ever written, but the most helpfully enlightening I have ever read.
The New York Times Intelligent and witty, Tavris shows us how to use the anger of hope to avoid falling into the anger of despair.
Philadelphia Inquirer Enlightening and reassuring. Her calm approach to a volatile subject is a welcome tonic for our times.
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Instead she suggests various models and techniques to help understand what "sets us off" and how to manage anger. A number of situations are covered and illustrated by personal and clinical examples.
This is not a prescription for a quick fix for quick tempers - while Dr. Tavris is sympathetic about the many reasons why we get angry, she avoids simplistic behavioral techniques as well as overly introspective ones
Carol Tavris is a social psychologist. As such she has received considerable training in science (unlike clinical psychologists), and it shows. Her concepts have an empirical foundation, and are consistent with the teachings of cognitive behavior therapy - which happens to be by far the most successful type of psychotherapy.
She explains what's wrong (and why) with a number of popular notions about anger, some of which are even held by many clinical psychologists, such as "ventilation" and certain efforts at catharsis. She provides information on how to use anger constructively, and also on how to diminish anger without being aggressive or hostile. An excellent book!
I think the angry reviews in part misunderstand what she wrote. It is not true that she "ignores the fact that different individuals have learned different ways! of dealing with frustration and anger" as the writer of another book on the subject puts it. She quite acknowledges that. She also thinks anger is useful in certain ways.
Please read or re-read her book. It is refreshing, full of humor and yes she has some reason to criticize the ALLMIGHTY UNCONSCIOUS that unconscious shrinks interpret as they wish. Good thing that the unconscious cannot talk back !!!
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Such a charming book from an author who has such a charming spirit! I love her sense of humor, and also the way she writes and words things. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ibrahim
Great book, buy it read it, take notes, grow as a person...kill, kill, kill, seriously I have learned so much from this bookPublished on September 13, 2013 by Rayboy
Tavris, like so many other brilliant practitioners, needs to write two books. One for the lay audience and one for scientific journals which demand constant references to papers... Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Dr. Susan Petro
This book is good for those who need a little help getting a grip on things before you lose your temper.Published on April 8, 2013 by Augie
Though I don't know that I agree with everything in this book, it should be mandatory reading for all of us, as I think many people still hold to the "pressure cooker" view... Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
great book, easy to read, easy to understand. love it. would recommend it to every one I know. thanks for giving me the opportunity to critique itPublished on December 26, 2012 by Shelly Broeders