Anger Kills

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Harper Collins, Apr 21, 1994 - Medical - 228 pages
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In Anger Kills, Dr. Redford Williams reveals ground-breaking research that confirms that hostility not only is a serious barrier to happiness, but can lead to heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses.

Dr. Williams and his wife, Virginia, team up to present the latest research in the field and offer seventeen practical strategies that can help readers translate scientific theory into meaningful action. Begin by taking the Hostility Questionnaire, which will help you assess the degree to which hostility, cynicism, and aggression rule your life. Then start a Hostility Log and follow the Hostility Roadmap to keep track of those incidents or people that really push your buttons. With these insights, you can then move on to sample any or all of the seventeen different strategies to reduce the wrath that sabotages your health and can drain your life of joy and pleasure.

In writing Anger Kills, the authors draw not only on the latest research, but on their own experiences as a couple for more than twenty-nine years and on the experiences of couples who have used the Williamses' methods successfully in various workshops the authors have led. The result is a combination of solid science with empathic explorations of the nature of human relationships and caring. This is science with a heart.

 

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Anger kills: seventeen strategies for controlling the hostility that can harm your health

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This clearly written book is a continuation and elaboration of Redford Williams's earlier work, The Trusting Heart (Times Bks., 1989), in which he described recent scientific evidence linking hostile ... Read full review

Contents

Am I at Risk?
3
PART II
23
The Facts About Hostility
25
PART 111
26
SURVIVAL SKILLS
60
Reason with Yourself
66
Stop Hostile Thoughts Feelings and Urges
75
Distract Yourself
82
Practice Trusting Others
127
Take on Community Service
132
Increase Your Empathy
141
Be Tolerant
147
Forgive
158
Have a Confidant
163
Laugh at Yourself
170
Become More Religious
181

Meditate
86
Avoid Overstimulation
94
Assert Yourself
100
Care for a Pet
111
Listen
118
Pretend Today Is Your Last
188
PART IV
195
Your Last Act
206
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About the author (1994)

Redford Williams, M.D., is director of behavioral research at Duke University Medical Center, professor of psychiatry, and associate professor of medicine. He interned at Yale University School of Medicine and did two years of research at the National Institutes of Health. He is the author of The Trusting Heart as well as dozens of scientific papers.

Patrick John Rose was born on board his father's ship, the Marguerite, off the coast of New York on January 29, 1872. Patrick claimed to have sailed for more than 30 years and actually did sail to Cocos Island. Following his return to San Francisco, he gave up sailing as he had caught Alaskan gold fever. Patrick professed to be a "sailor, prospector, miner, cowpoke, and oil worker." We know that he published at least one book (Bitter River Ranch in 1936 through Phoenix Press) during his lifetime and wrote many others as well as painted numerous illustrations for his manuscripts-many of schooners-one of which purportedly hung in the White House. All illustrations in this book as well as the cover are photographs of his original paintings. Records indicate that he was married and living in San Francisco by 1918. Patrick Rose died in August, 1959, in Long Beach near the ocean he loved at 87 years of age.

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