Anger Antidotes: How Not to Lose Your S#&!

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 25, 2011 - Self-Help - 184 pages
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Strategies for living a crisis-free life in an imperfect world.

Anger is at the root of most of the personal dilemmas we face. Frank, personal, and pithy, this book engages readers in a no-nonsense exploration of how we can effectively reach beyond ourselves to maintain calm in the face of crisis. The objective is to distill down to fundamental aspects the universal structures that form the basis of most human problems. It is usually our emotions that interfere with making sound choices. Thus, even the most learned individuals, who “know better,” are capable of making colossally stupid errors in judgment and conduct.

Presenting a range of deescalation techniques, each chapter has been concentrated into “mini- manuals” that in their totality contain a library’s worth of material. The left side of each two-page spread describes the anger trigger and the right side of the page spread contains the anger antidote. Topics covered include emotional immaturity, the absence of thought, extremes, inertia, reactor bait, and argument traps.
 

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Contents

Preface
13
universal structures
19
Reaching
44
The Absence of Thought
56
The Drive
62
Antiquated Relational Concepts
68
Unbounded Boundaries
78
Cultural Inertia
86
Isolation Habitual Ambivalence
98
The Three Primary Psychological
106
Curiosity Did Not Kill the Cat
112
The Two Verbal
124
Mutual Transformation
146
Afterword
159
The Silent Language of
174
Copyright

The Violence of Comparisons
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Ian Brennan is a specialist in violence prevention with over fifteen years of experience in acute psychiatric settings, including the Betty Ford Center, Bellevue Hospital, and Stanford University. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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