Good and Mad: Transform Anger Using Mind, Body, Soul and Humor

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"Good and Mad saved me from going insane with rage, led me to laughter with its perfectly pitched cartoons and even provided a solution for replacing helplessness with action. What a better place our world would be if we learned how to handle our rage, an all-too-frequent by-product of congested traffic, layoffs and custody battles. This book should be mandatory reading."

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Overview

"Good and Mad saved me from going insane with rage, led me to laughter with its perfectly pitched cartoons and even provided a solution for replacing helplessness with action. What a better place our world would be if we learned how to handle our rage, an all-too-frequent by-product of congested traffic, layoffs and custody battles. This book should be mandatory reading."

Amy Tan, international bestselling author The Joy
Luck Club
and The Bonesetter's Daughter

Find out why it can be good to get "good and mad"!

  • Do you have trouble expressing your anger in ways that feel healthy and positive?
  • Does your anger inhibit you from real communication in your relationships?
  • Do you wish you had some tools to help you deal more effectively with other people's anger?
  • Would you like to explore a fun and effective approach for transforming your anger?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you're ready for
Good and Mad.

This unique book by bestselling author and anger expert Jane Middelton-Moz,
alternative-healing consultant Lisa Tener, and syndicated cartoonist Peaco Todd will help you understand your anger experience, guiding you to change it from
"problem" to power. Good and Mad's highly effective and accessible approach combines information and tested methods with compelling stories, innovative
Anger-obics™ exercises and Mad Pad journaling prompts—all illustrated by a series of cartoons that reveals the lighter side of this complex subject.

This practical, fun guide offers you effective strategies for transforming problem anger into an empowering tool for clarity and communication. As you enjoy the original cartoons and laugh with the characters about their anger,
you are likely to find yourself learning from their insights and are sure to be delightfully surprised to find more fun, freedom and personal power in your life and relationships after reading this book.

"Good and Mad has all the right stuff for a book on anger. Humor,
creativity and practical wisdom for readers of all ages—I highly recommend it!"

—William G. DeFoore, Ph.D. author, Anger: Deal with It, Heal with
It, Stop It from Killing You

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757301025
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2003
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Middelton-Moz, M.S., is a trainer, consultant and community interventionist. She speaks internationally on issues of multigenerational grief and trauma, anger, bullying, and cultural and ethnic self-hate. She has appeared on national radio and television, including: Oprah, Montel, Maury Povich and PBS. She is the author of many books, including Boiling Point, which is also a PBS special, and Bullies; from the Bedroom to the Boardroom.

Lisa Tener, M.S., leads workshops and women's spirituality circles, and has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, as well as on other television and radio programs. She has been quoted in the Boston Globe, Family Circle, Hope magazine, and many local newspapers and publications. Tener is a sought-after panelist for leading national and regional conferences; she received her master's degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Peaco Todd, M.A., is a syndicated cartoonist and writer, whose book and illustration credits include: The Girl's Guide to Football; Frame by Frame; Rainbow Kids; Family Matters; Talk It Out; and The Joy of Divorce. Since 1991 she has spoken nationwide on cartoons as a communications strategy, and has also been a regular commentator on NPR's The Cultivated Gardener.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv
How to Use This Book xix
Exploring the Nature of Anger xx
Getting the Most from This Book xxiv
Chapter 1 We Are Family: The Roots of Anger 1
Childhood Beliefs About Anger 1
The Unfair Odds of Self-Hate 5
Learned Helplessness 13
Anger All Around Us 17
Anger-obics: Move Your Body, Shift Your Mind 22
Yo' Goals
Hopscotch
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Word
Popeye Meets Deepak
Mad Pad 25
Chapter 2 Light My Fire: Sparks That Incite Anger 27
When Your Buttons Get Pushed 28
Core Issues and Triggers 36
Overlooking Your Needs and Boundaries 39
Anger-obics: Move Your Body, Shift Your Mind 44
Gratitude Attitude
Whoa, Trigger
Whoa, Trigger II
Emotion in Motion
Think Thank
Mad Pad 54
Chapter 3 Bad Company: Unhealthy Anger 57
Confronting Unhealthy Anger Styles 57
Depression, Addiction, Compulsion and Illness 65
Passive Aggression 72
The Rages 73
Anger-obics: Move Your Body, Shift Your Mind 77
This Guy's the Limit
Walk on It
The Golden Healing Light
Home Sweet Home
Mad Pad 81
Chapter 4 Bridge Over Troubled Water: Feeling Vulnerable 83
The Blame Game 83
Fear of Failure 88
Making Assumptions About Others 89
Anger-obics: Move Your Body, Shift Your Mind 95
Solar Power
Solar Power II
Humor Me
Duck Back
Safety Plan
Mad Pad 101
Chapter 5 Let's Get Physical: Anger in Your Body 103
Anger as a Physical Experience 103
When You're Hungry, Lonely, Sick or Tired 107
Consumption, Chemistry and Body Cycles 110
How Unhealthy Anger Affects Your Body 112
Anger-obics: Move Your Body, Shift Your Mind 117
Body Language
Salome's Silky Scarf Dance
Map the Pain
Clay-by-Clay
Mad Pad 122
Chapter 6 Getting to Know You: Anger and Couples 125
The Peaks and Valleys of Intimacy 125
Acknowledging the Patterns of the Past 128
Cultivating a Vibrant Relationship 131
Handling Conflict in Healthy Ways 135
Anger-obics: Move Your Body, Shift Your Mind 141
Changing the Game
Stop 'til You Drop
Domino Effect
Bye Low, Cell Hi!
Mad Pad 147
Chapter 7 Hush Little Baby: Anger with Our Children 149
Separating Your Past from Your Children's Present 149
Recognizing Children's Developmental Stages 153
Strategies and Techniques 154
Your Child and Bullying 164
Anger-obics: Move Your Body, Shift Your Mind 167
Sounds Right!
Lighten Up
Animal Crackers
Masquerade
Mad Pad 171
Chapter 8 We Can Work It Out: Conscious Conflict 173
The Nature of Healthy Conflict 173
Establishing Ground Rules 176
Tools for Mastering Conflict 179
Reaching Closure 184
Anger-obics: Move Your Body, Shift Your Mind 187
Choosy Mothers Choose
Sherlock Holmes
What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?
Part-toons
Mad Pad 191
Chapter 9 I Can See Clearly Now: Healthy Anger 193
Anger as Motivation for Making a Difference 193
The Healing Power of Humor 195
Anger and Creativity 198
Anger and Grief 199
Creating New Patterns: A Step-By-Step Process 201
Creating Peaceful Communities 206
Anger-obics: Move Your Body, Shift Your Mind 214
Role Models
Walk to the Beat
Passion in Action
Blast from the Past
Picasso-rama
Mad Pad 222
Chapter 10 The Beat Goes on: The Practice of Forgiveness 225
The What and Why of Forgiveness 226
Taking Responsibility for Your Own Experience 230
Practicing Forgiveness 235
When You Need to Forgive Yourself 241
Anger-obics: Move Your Body, Shift Your Mind 245
Let Freedom Ring
Hula Hips
Poem Blessing
Yoga Mudra
Mad Pad 249
Chapter 11 Take Me to the River: Anger, Spirituality and Purpose 251
When You're Angry at God or the Universe 251
Incorporating Anger Work into a Spiritual Practice 256
Anger and the Power of Purpose 261
Anger-obics: Move Your Body, Shift Your Mind 264
Soul Talk
Spiritual Warrior
Cell-a-Brate
Circle of Friends
Mad Pad 269
Appendix A Conscious Conflict Quick Guide 271
Appendix B Conscious Conflict: An Example 273
Appendix C Sample Scenarios (for use in Anger-obics exercises) 275
References and Resources 277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    Learn to Use Anger to Your Benefit

    I teach an intervention strategies class for educators. A major part of the course is directed at helping students deal with anger.This book is an excellent resource for adults, as self help,for those who are counseling others, for parents or teens. If there is anyone who is dealing with stresses of anger, this book is a great resource. It has wonderful hands on creative strategies which can be used by anyone! Best of all are the humor and the practical approaches, for all kinds of learners. It provides strategies for writers and kinesthic learners as well as everyone else. Teachers, counselors and individuals will find a wealth of ideas and strategies to use in this well written and entertaining resource. It's great and I highly recommend it!

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