Healing the Angry Brain: How Understanding the Way Your Brain Works Can Help You Control Anger and Aggression

Healing the Angry Brain: How Understanding the Way Your Brain Works Can Help You Control Anger and Aggression

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by Ronald Potter-Efron
     
 

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In Healing the Angry Brain, bestselling author Ronald Potter-Efron explains how the brain is wired for anger and how readers with anger management problems can short-circuit angry reactions to reduce outbursts and communicate more effectively with others.

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In Healing the Angry Brain, bestselling author Ronald Potter-Efron explains how the brain is wired for anger and how readers with anger management problems can short-circuit angry reactions to reduce outbursts and communicate more effectively with others.

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Publishers Weekly
Director of Wisconsin’s First Things First Counseling, Potter-Efron takes an extensive look at the neurology of controlling temper. In simple terms, this involves an intra-brain struggle between the amygdala (the brain’s “fight or flight” region) and the prefrontal cortex (responsible for rational thought). He delineates six stages, ranging from feeling offended to acting to getting feedback on one’s outburst, and guides readers through the mental patterns of those who are habitually rageful: “When someone says something nice to them, they hear it as neutral... something neutral, they hear... as negative... and... something that’s actually negative, they hear... as a total attack.” Potter-Efron (Angry All the Time) is most helpful in suggesting ways to “rewire” neural pathways, including becoming more aware of bodily changes when you’re angry and practicing deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and biofeedback. The process takes practice and patience; brain changes take six months to a year, Potter-Efron observes. In a fine concluding chapter, he discusses developing a greater sense of empathy and learning to practice forgiveness. Despite some minor organizational problems, this is a helpful work for laypeople struggling to hold their anger in check, though mental health practitioners should benefit from it as well. (Apr.)
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“A powerful application of recent brain science to the field of anger management. Get this book and pay attention to what it says.”
—Rich Pfeiffer, MDiv, PhD, director of Growth Central

Healing the Angry Brain is as thorough a work on the neurobiology of anger as you will find anywhere. In addition to a comprehensive description of the biological and psychological functions of anger, it gives lots of practical advice on regulating anger in the context of a full and healthy emotional life.”
—Steven Stosny, PhD, author of Love without Hurt, How Improve Your Marriage without Talking about It, and Treating Attachment Abuse

“Psychotherapists are always asking neuroscientists, “How does understanding the brain help me to help my clients?” In Healing the Angry Brain, Ronald Potter-Efron provides an answer. Through a combination of clinical expertise and clear scientific information, he guides the reader to a better understanding of anger while providing a roadmap to relational and inner peace.”
—Lou Cozolino, professor of psychology at Pepperdine University

Library Journal
Practicing therapist Potter-Efron (Rage: A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger) examines the biochemical reasons why some people are wired for anger and more likely to fly into dangerous rages that leave them feeling out of control. He reviews the structure of the brain, the limbic system in particular, and details how it regulates anger in both helpful and detrimental ways. Potter-Efron delivers a measure of hope to people who accept that they can lose control but who also recognize that they can change their behavior and neural pathways to create a more balanced personality. Appendixes on medications round out the guidance. VERDICT Potter-Efron helps sufferers recognize unconscious anger activation, avoid conscious bad choices, and develop empathy. Of great use to those who realize they have such a problem.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608821358
Publisher:
New Harbinger Publications
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
263,285
File size:
1 MB

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