Creative Anger: Putting that Powerful Emotion to Good Use

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 243 pages
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We are a nation of plenty, of opportunity, and luxury, but we are also a nation flush with fury. Homicides, assaults, domestic abuse, youth violence, and even road rage are too common, let alone everyday outbursts of temper that harm family members, friends, peers, and co-workers. The market for anti-anger, mood-stabilizing drugs is booming, as is the market for anger management counseling and classes. What is happening? In this book, a team of experts who've been traveling the nation presenting workshops on Rethinking Anger start by telling us this: Anger is normal; nature hardwired into our brains for protection. But here is the paradox. Anger out of control destroys, yet anger understood and controlled is a constructive force, one that can be used for creativity, change, and growth. Authors Baruch, Grotberg, and Stutman show us how to take charge of this powerful emotion, so it can be used in constructive ways, rather than destructive. Using the anger energy constructively can release creative potential and be liberating.

We are a nation of plenty, of opportunity, and luxury, but we are also a nation flush with fury. Homicides, assaults, domestic abuse, youth violence, and even road rage are all too common, let alone everyday outbursts of temper that harm family members, friends, peers, and co-workers. The market for anti-anger, mood-stablizing drugs is booming, as is the market for anger management counseling and classes. What is happening? In this book, a team of experts who've been traveling the nation presenting workshops on Rethinking Anger start by telling us this: Anger is normal; nature hardwired into our brains for protection. But here is the paradox. Anger out of control destroys, yet anger understood and controlled is a constructive force, one that can be used for creativity, change, and growth. Authors Baruch, Grotberg, and Stutman show us how to take charge of this powerful emotion, so it can be used in constructive ways, rather than destructive. Using anger energy constructively can release creative potential, and be liberating.

Ten years of research and workshops have honed the knowledge and skills of this author team, and here they guide us to taming our anger into a positive force. This book will be useful to all trying to tame their own anger, or that of others close to them. It will also be of interest to teachers, counselors, managers and students of psychology.

 

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Contents

RETHINK
1
Chapter 2 RETHINKing Anger Is Good for Your Health
21
Chapter 3 RETHINKing Anger Is Good for Your Relationships
37
Chapter 4 Recognize Anger in Yourself and in Others
57
Chapter 5 Hear with Empathy
73
Chapter 6 Anger in Couples
87
Chapter 7 Anger in the Family
107
Chapter 8 Anger in theWorkplace
127
Chapter 9 Friends and Anger and Anger in the Community
147
Chapter 10 The AngerViolence Connection
163
Chapter 11 Cultural Differences
181
Chapter 12 Change Comes from Practice
197
Chapter 13 Regaining a Sense of Personal Power
215
Further Reading
233
Index
235
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RHODA BARUCH is a Licensed Psychologist and Founder of the Institute for Mental Health Initiatives, now integrated into the George Washington University School of Public Health, Department of Prevention and Community Health. She has also served as Associate Dean of Harvard's Center for Research in Careers, and was Director of Career Development at Dartmouth College. Baruch was also a member of the Advisory Board for WCVB, Channel 5 in Boston. She leads Rethinking Anger seminars nationwide.

EDITH H. GROTBERG is a Psychologist and Professional Lecturer at George Washington University School of Public Health, Department of Prevention and Community Health. A faculty member at the university's Institute for Mental Health Initiatives, Grotberg is former Director of Research for the Administration of Children, Youth and Families, for the federal Department of Health and Human Services. She has also been a Professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and is internationally known for her research on resilience. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and former President of the International Council of Psychologists. She also leads Rethinking Anger workshops.

SUZANNE STUTMAN is a psychotherapist and past Director of the Institute for Mental Health Initiatives. Stutman has been a consultant to media including Turner Broadcasting, NBC, MTV and Fox News Network. She served as U.S. Representative to the United Nations Conference on Media and Crime Prevention, and, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, she organized an International Conference in Violence Prevention. She also leads Rethinking Anger workshops.

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