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Posted July 27, 2012
Not quite anger 'mastery' but a good resource...
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Everybody deals with anger in their own way - some try to take it out on inanimate objects, others hold it in until it explodes, and then there are the people who simply simmer in a boiling pot of anger year-round. These methods may work for some individuals, but in most cases anger is just beneath the surface, ready to erupt at the slightest provocation; I speak from experience. I approached Kevin B. Burk's Anger Mastery hoping for answers to my top three questions about anger: Why am I angry?, Why do I take my anger out on others?, and How can I tame/stop my anger?. My goal was to at least find some suitable methods to control my inner dragon, (attitudes, actions, and language), in order to change my overall mood; and I definitely found some worthwhile tips. However, parts of the book did not appeal to me, particularly the repetitive nature of the text and the sporadic comma/punctuation usage. Yes, misspellings and grammatical errors make me very angry, but the use of an editor would make me very, very happy. I also did not enjoy the first couple of chapters which included rants on the Rich, the Central Bank of the Federal Reserve and the Government. I may not like everything that these groups/organizations do, but that does not mean that everything they do is underhanded or unnecessary. On the other hand, I did like the set-up of Burk's self-help guide, the size wasn't overwhelming (120 pages), the diagrams were quite interesting, and the Phases (1-3) were doable for most individuals - not easy, but as the author infers, nothing remunerative ever is. The section on the F-word was one of my favorites, as was the chapter on victim consciousness - I appreciated the level of humor and the down-to-earth, (get your butt moving), tone. It is clear that the author knows what he is talking about, but I felt that the chapters could have held more actual anger-beating techniques than they did. I am surprised by Burk's background, but some of his experience as a astrological counselor really played into his Anger Mastery Phases. Overall, this book has some great tips on mastering anger and is recommended for adults seeking help with anger issues, or those who are curious about taming them.
Rating: Bounty's Out (3/5)
*** I received this book from the author (Pump Up Your Book) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.