The Anger Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anger and Frustration

The Anger Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anger and Frustration

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Fully revised and updated based on reader feedback! This second edition of The Anger Workbook for Teens includes brand-new activities to help you understand and interact with your anger, and tips for managing it in constructive ways.

Does your anger often get you into trouble? Do you react to situations and later regret how you behaved? Does your anger cause problems with other people? If so, you aren’t alone. Between family life, friends, social media, and the pressures of school, there’s no doubt that it’s stressful being a teenager. And while anger is a natural human emotion, different people handle it differently. Some hold in their anger and let it build, some lash out with hurtful words, and some resort to fighting. If you’ve noticed yourself beginning to take out your frustrations on the people you love most—your parents, brothers or sisters, and friends—it’s time to make a change.

This second edition of The Anger Workbook for Teens includes brand-new skills and activities based in clinically proven treatments such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you deal with negative thoughts without losing control. You’ll find out what’s triggering your anger, look at the ways you react, be more aware of your thoughts and how you interact with them, and learn skills and techniques for managing anger without losing your cool. You’ll develop a personal anger profile and learn to notice the physical symptoms you feel when you become enraged, then find out how to calm those feelings and respond more sensitively to others. Once you fully understand your anger, you’ll be better prepared to deal with your feelings in the moment.

As you begin the activities in this workbook, it’s perfectly normal to feel angrier at first. That’s because you are being asked to really notice and examine the things that make you angry. But with practice, you’ll learn to handle frustrating situations in real life and more effectively communicate your feelings. Most importantly, you’ll learn the difference between healthy anger—the kind that can motivate you to make positive changes—and problematic anger that leads to negative consequences.

Change isn’t easy, but with the right frame of mind and set of skills, you can do it. This book is designed to help you understand how both your mind and body respond to anger, and how you can handle this anger in more constructive ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684032457
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 577,991
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, PhD, LPC, is a national board-certified and licensed counselor. Raychelle has worked as a clinician and a school counselor at middle and high school levels, and has helped hundreds of teens deal with feelings of frustration and anger. She has participated in and conducted extensive research on anger and aggression, and specializes in individual and group counseling for anger management. She is author of The Anger Workbook for Teens, and coauthor of The Bullying Workbook for Teens and The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls. She also writes the Psychology Today blog Teen Angst, and is a regular parenting contributor for U.S. News & World Report.

Foreword writer Julia V. Taylor, PhD, is author of Salvaging Sisterhood, G.I.R.L.S.(Girls in Real Life Situations), and Perfectly You; and coauthor of The Bullying Workbook for Teens. Julia has worked as a middle and high school counselor and has a passion for empowering girls to stand up to unrealistic media expectations, take healthy risks, and cultivate meaningful relationships. Visit her online at

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Identifying and Understanding Anger

Activity 1 What Is Anger? 4

Activity 2 Anger Myth Busters 8

Activity 3 Your Anger Profile 12

Activity 4 Keeping an Anger Log 16

Activity 5 Understanding Family Patterns 20

Activity 6 Your Body's Response to Anger 24

Activity 7 Gauging Anger 28

Activity 8 Identifying Your Anger Triggers 33

Part 2 Anger Dynamics

Activity 9 Fight Flight, or Freeze 38

Activity 10 Emotions and Feelings 42

Activity 11 Master of Disguise 47

Activity 12 Observing Thoughts 50

Activity 13 Thought Distortions 53

Activity 14 The ABC Model of Anger 57

Activity 15 Stages of Anger 61

Activity 16 Weighing the Options 65

Part 3 Communication Skills

Activity 17 Same Thing, Different View 70

Activity 18 More Than Words 74

Activity 19 Good Listening 78

Activity 20 Words Matter 82

Activity 21 Filtering Responses 87

Activity 22 Social Media and Anger 91

Activity 23 Criticism and Compliments 95

Activity 24 Being Assertive 98

Part 4 Handling Anger

Activity 25 Keeping Perspective 104

Activity 26 Getting the Facts 108

Activity 27 Coping with Conflict 111

Activity 28 Handling Anger Constructively 115

Activity 29 Taking Responsibility for Your Actions 119

Activity 30 Distancing Yourself from Anger 123

Activity 31 Using Anger for Positive Results 127

Part 5 Coping Mechanisms

Activity 32 What Matters Most 132

Activity 33 Relaxation Techniques 135

Activity 34 Mindful Escape 139

Activity 35 Releasing Anger Symbolically 142

Activity 36 Anger Outlets 145

Activity 37 Anger and Exercise 148

Activity 38 Expressing Anger Creatively 151

Activity 39 Laughing with Anger 157

Activity 40 Freestyle Writing 160

Part 6 Closure

Activity 41 See How Far You Have Come 164

Activity 42 Anger Certificate 167

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The Anger Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anger and Frustration 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
WakeCoNCSchoolCounselor More than 1 year ago
I have been a public school counsleor for 18 years, and this is the best workbook on anger management that I have come across. I found the exercises for students to be both practical and effective, and I've already recommended this workbook to several colleagues and family members. Anyone who lives and/or works with teenagers would do themselves a favor by becoming familiar with this enormously helpful workbook. It is rich with sound and 'do-able' anger management techniques that actually work!
highschoolstudentRG More than 1 year ago
I got a lot out of this book. It really helped me with my anger problem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book filled out each step and it didn't help me at all. It lead to me having more anger and it should be showing you how to control your anger not ask you irrelevant questions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And a bad attotude. I think its just hormones and i am going to get my first period soon but no cramps yet. I havent read book yet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is written in many laguages it is beast mode
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great user friendly workbook to use in counseling adolescents with anger problems.