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The Anger Trap: Free Yourself from the Frustrations that Sabotage Your Life

The Anger Trap: Free Yourself from the Frustrations that Sabotage Your Life

The Anger Trap: Free Yourself from the Frustrations that Sabotage Your Life

The Anger Trap: Free Yourself from the Frustrations that Sabotage Your Life


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It's easy to identify rage in people who lose their temper at traffic jams, unruly children, unresponsive coworkers, and unrealistic bosses. But we may not recognize more subtle manifestations of anger, such as being uncomfortable with loose ends, acting impatiently, or being overly critical. That is anger, too. And, as is so often the case, angry folks don't seem to realize that the behavior causing them problems at home or at work actually stems from unrecognized and unresolved pain and emotional injuries from the past. Is all this negative emotion inevitable, or are there choices about how to respond, choices that can improve personal relationships as well as emotional health?

The Anger Trap is a landmark book that strips away the myths and misconceptions about anger and reveals how you can learn to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy anger so that you may choose—or help someone else to choose—a better, more spiritually enlightened path. The Anger Trap examines the root causes of anger and can help you realize your patterns and break the destructive cycles of criticism, frustration, and irritation that hurt you and others around you. Drawing insight from timeless spiritual wisdom as well as cutting-edge research, Dr. Carter offers practical techniques to free you from anger, its hidden insecurities, fears, and selfishness and thereby improve the quality of your home and workplace life. The book clearly illustrates how the change process works and The Anger Trap is filled with real-life examples of the ways people have come to terms with theiranger by applying the concepts Dr. Carter outlines.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787968809
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/02/2004
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 210,503
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Les Carter, Ph.D., is the chief resident psychotherapist at the Minirth Clinic, Richardson, Texas, where he has maintained a private counseling practice since 1980. He is a nationally recognized expert on topics including conflict resolution, emotions and spirituality, and marriage and family relationships. He is the coauthor of the bestselling The Anger Workbook. Dr. Carter can be reached at

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Frank Minirth.



PART ONE: Understanding the Nature of Anger.

Chapter 1: The Cry Behind the Anger.

Chapter 2: Raw, Unrefined Anger.

Chapter 3: Healthy Anger Options.

Chapter 4: The Missing Ingredient.

PART TWO: Why People Remain Trapped in Raw Anger.

Chapter 5: The Illusion of Control.

Chapter 6: Insecurity’s Hold on Angry People.

Chapter 7: Held Captive by Self-Absorption.

Chapter 8: The Chains of Fear.

Chapter 9: Myths That Perpetuate Anger.

PART THREE: Choosing the Better Path.

Chapter 10: Agony’s Upside.

Chapter 11: Forgiveness and Acceptance.

Chapter 12: A Mind of Equality.

Chapter 13: The Way of the Overcomer.

Chapter 14: Higher Priorities.

The Author.

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