When you feel in the grip of anger, ask yourself these questions:
-Do you feel powerless to control your temper?
-Does your anger frighten you so much that you feel compelled to suppress it?
-Does your life feel unmanageable because of your anger?
-Does your preoccupation with the unfairness of life and being wronged interfere with your happiness?
-Do you feel hopeless about fi nding a cure for your temper? If you answer “yes” to these questions, you may be addicted to your anger. It acts like a drug that stimulates you, energizes you, and causes you to act insanely.
Viewing your anger as an addiction, Dr. Ortman guides you through the time-tested Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to fi nd healing and growth. He shows how the Steps offer practical wisdom to use the natural energy of your anger wisely and well, neither suppressing nor indulging it. The Steps provide guidance for your personal journey into your hostile moods so that you can discover your true self and release the Power within you.
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Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Anger Anonymous
PART ONE: ANGER AS AN ADDICTION
Chapter One: Anger Styles: Tending the Fire
Chapter Two: Addicted to Anger: An Instinct Run Wild
Chapter Three: The Addictive Process: The Pursuit of Power and Glory
Chapter Four: The Addictive Personality: Self-Will Run Riot
PART TWO: FREEDOM THROUGH FORGIVENESS
Chapter Five: The Steps: Toward Freedom and Forgiveness
Chapter Six: Admitting Your Powerlessness: Toward Acceptance
Chapter Seven: Trust in a Power Greater: Surrendering Self-Will
Chapter Eight: Clean House: Look Deeply Within
Chapter Nine: Clean House: Digging Deeper
Chapter Ten: Help Others: Forgiving Yourself and Others
Chapter Eleven: Power of Self-Examination: Making Friends with Yourself
Chapter Twelve: Power of Prayer: Making Peace with God
Chapter Thirteen: Power of Giving: Connecting with Others
Epilogue: Flow of Forgiveness