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Anger is a natural response that can be, if properly channeled, a powerful source of energy and motivation for growth. Some people, though, habitually shy away from their own angry feelings and potentially anger-provoking situations. When confronted with a provocative or confrontational situation, an anger avoider feels that to express anger is to risk losing control, hurting someone else's feelings, or appearing to be a rude, unlikable, or bad person. By side-stepping healthy anger expression, anger avoiders may suffer more than just frustration and resentment: panic attacks and depression, subservience and passivity, headaches and chronic pain often plague people who deny themselves a constructive outlet for their anger.
With this book, first you'll learn to separate anger from rage or fear. Then you'll practice a series of simple, easy-to-follow exercises that coach you to openly express your anger and constructively address difficult people and situations. The book directs you to align yourself with your anger, using it as a tool for positive change. It helps you to set and achieve goals for constructive anger expression.
|2||Recognizing Your Emotions: Separating Anger and Rage||17|
|3||Symptoms of Anger Avoiders||43|
|4||The Mind in Your Body: Learning to Recognize Your Own Emotions||69|
|5||Origins of Anger Avoiders||85|
|6||A Week in the Life of Two Anger Avoiders||97|
|7||What Healthy Anger Expressers Know: Putting It All Together||111|
|7||Women and Anger Avoidance: Relationship Dilemmas||127|
|9||Men, Anger, and Rage||145|
|10||Maintaining the Change: What to Expect||171|