Uncontrolled anger can be devastating, yet many people with serious anger issues don't know how to change their behavior. In Overcoming Destructive Anger, psychologist Bernard Golden, an anger management specialist, offers concrete tools for turning destructive anger into healthy anger.
Dr. Golden draws on both compassion-focused therapy-a model for change that encompasses and expands on cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and practices in compassion and self-compassion-and theories of emotional intelligence. He teaches readers to recognize, sit with, and move beyond the triggers that cause destructive anger. Anger logs and other exercises, together with stories of people who were challenged by anger and able to overcome their outbursts, allow readers to explore the source of their anger and recognize its destructive potential. Emphasizing anger's link to habits of thinking, feeling, and physical reactions, Dr. Golden offers multiple strategies for coping with current hurts as well as past wounds. And he directs readers to helpful websites, books, and films.
Dr. Golden explains why destructive anger happens and how it can contribute to divorce, estranged families, job loss, addictions, and even imprisonment. Emphasizing the importance of making calm, constructive choices and cultivating self-empathy, this guide will free people with destructive anger-and those around them-to live more fulfilling lives.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
Golden's years of research into anger management, his clinical work with clients struggling to manage their anger, and the sharing of his process of controlling his own anger connect the dots in this valuable work. * Library Journal *
This book is a breath of fresh air. This is a practical resource that can bee utilized by both the lay person and those who work in healthcare. It is no more prevalent for one than the other. It is written in a manner that all readers could benefit from. Golden supports his readers to acknowledge where they are in regards to experiencing destructive anger, then supports them to appraise the situation and develop realistic expectations to cope. This author has done a fantastic job of addressing a subject that is still much a taboo in many areas of today's society. Golden has sensitively and cohesively presented a framework for anger as long with clear guidance around how to utilize this effectively. * Nursing Times *
This is a self-help book that could be useful for anyone who experiences destructive anger. It may be most beneficial when used in conjunction with therapy. The book explores compassion-focused therapy and mindfulness in an easy-to-understand format, which takes the reader from the basics of both what anger and mindfulness are, through to more advanced techniques on how to manage the anger. -- Jo Sansby, MBACP (Snr Accred) * BACP Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal *