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Angry All the Time: An Emergency Guide to Anger Control Paperback – January 2, 2005
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“This book can change the life of the angry person and the lives of those around him. Strong practical advice. Clear Answers. This is essential reading for those who want less anger in their lives.”
—Matthew McKay, Ph.D., author of When Anger Hurts
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I read a lot of books about anger, and this one is probably my favorite so far. So many books about anger spend a lot of time describing the problem and current theories behind the nature of anger, etc., but very little time talking about solutions. Potter-Efron spends at least half the book giving clear, concrete things a person can do to begin to bring anger under control.
Also, so many books about anger focus on people who tend to stuff anger. Who have a hard time getting in touch with and expressing anger. While that is a legitimate problem for many, this book focuses on exactly the opposite phenomenon. People who spew anger from all orifices with minimal (or no) provocation. It's just what I was looking for.
Potter-Efron uses a great deal of humor to illustrate points and to provide perspective. He even interjects the angry person's rebuttal for almost everything he says. And he's dead-on with these rebuttals. You'll find yourself wanting to dispute a point he just made, only to turn the page and read the very thoughts you were just thinking. And he tells you why these thoughts will only lead you to more or continued anger. Like I said. No BS allowed. Be advised, though, that if you are an angry person reading this book because somebody else told you to, or for any reason other than that YOU know that YOUR anger is out of control, this book will probably piss you off real bad. You might not even finish reading it. Sadly enough, you're the very one who needs it most.
Like any radical lifestyle change, it takes a great deal of effort, conscious effort, to let go of your anger. Potter-Efron is very up-front about the amount of time and effort it will take you to achieve your goal. The important point, however, is that it's doable. You start off small and, to use Effron-Potter's concept of a ladder hierarchy of anger levels, climb down toward real peace of mind and calm.
This is a wonderful, unpretentious book with a lot of sound advice for rageaholics and the people who love them.
My only disagreement with Potter-Effron concerns his insistence that we have to let go of hatred to live a full and happy life. In some circumstances, it is impossible, even dangerous, to forgive someone for something they have done to you. I guess my response to his absolutist position on hatred would be a recommendation that you forgive only when it makes sense and is appropriate. In fairness to Potter-Effron, I think most hatreds probably should be settled by forgiveness and his advice on how to do so is very worthwhile.
This is one of those self-help books you can read in a couple of hours. You can also put its strategies to work immediately. But don't expect immediate results and don't give up. It took you a long time to climb to the top of the anger ladder. It'll take a while to climb back down safely.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book, but rather general. It did not address my esteem issues as child of abusive, narcissistic parents. Kinda disappointing, but not a total loss.Published 5 days ago by V. Olson
Angry All the Time: An emergency guide to anger.
Am reading it presently .. the book definitely makes sense to why a person should be able to control their temper ... Read more
Great book! described my anger problem perfectly! If you suffer from anger problems I highly recommend this book!!!Published 6 months ago by Scott
Book was a big help to understanding how anger can rule your life Author used language easy to understand. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Judy