The Anger Advantage: The Surprising Benefits of Anger and how it Can Change a Woman's Life

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Broadway Books, 2003 - Self-Help - 292 pages
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Conventional wisdom tells us that anger is a dangerous emotion--and that we should do whatever we can to temper it and keep it under wraps. For women, anger is especially frowned upon: we view it as unflattering, bitchy, and a sure-fire way to sabotage our careers and relationships. But in fact, angry emotions are one of the greatest gifts we possess. As authors Deborah Cox, Sally Stabb, and Karin Bruckner show in this landmark book, when expressed openly and directly, anger can be a remarkable, positive tool for transforming women's lives. Based on the authors' nationally acclaimed six-year study on the links between gender and anger, The Anger Advantage offers women everywhere an entirely new paradigm for thinking about anger, and shows why diverting it is rarely the best idea. Their findings showed that women who are uncomfortable with how they are being treated at home or work, who try to hide their anger or struggle to voice tensions not only risk a host of physical ailments--such as headaches and depression--but become hostages in stagnant, unfulfilling relationships and lose touch with their own motivations and needs. In contrast, women who embrace their angry emotions and learn to express them in open, productive ways experience heightened intellectual clarity, greater self-esteem, and the passion and energy to spark life-altering change. --Publisher.

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After seven years of studying women's anger, Cox and Sally Stabb, both psychologists, and Karin Bruckner, a licensed professional counselor, founded the Women's Anger Project, along with its companion ... Read full review


Introduction I
Disarming Diversion
Anger and Love Together

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Deborah Cox, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and an assistant professor of counseling and gender studies at Southwest Missouri State University. Karin H. Bruckner, M.A., L.P.C., maintains a private psychology practice with a focus on anger and issues in women, couples, and families. Sally D. Stabb, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and associate professor of counseling psychology at Texas Woman's University. All three speak regularly before women's and psychological associations, and their research has focused primarily on the positive aspects of anger and women's relationships. They coauthored Women's Anger: Clinical and Developmental Perspectives, and created, a forum for discussion and research on women's anger.

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