Why We Get Mad: How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change

Why We Get Mad: How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change

by Ryan Martin

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Overview

This is THE book on anger, the first book to explain exactly why we get mad, what anger really is - and how to cope with and use it. Often confused with hostility and violence, anger is fundamentally different from these aggressive behaviours and in fact can be a healthy and powerful force in our lives.

What is anger? Who is allowed to be angry? How can we manage our anger? How can we use it? It might seem like a day doesn't go by without some troubling explosion of anger, whether we're shouting at the kids, or the TV, or the driver ahead who's slowing us down. In this book, the first of its kind, Dr. Ryan Martin draws on 20 years plus of research, as well as his own childhood experience of an angry parent, to take an all-round view on this often-challenging emotion. It explains exactly what anger is, why we get angry, how our anger hurts us as well as those around us, and how we can manage our anger and even channel it into positive change. It also explores how race and gender shape society's perceptions of who is allowed to get angry.

Dr. Martin offers questionnaires, emotion logs, control techniques and many other tools to help readers understand better what pushes their buttons and what to do with angry feelings when they arise. It shows how to differentiate good anger from bad anger, and reframe anger from being a necessarily problematic experience in our lives to being a fuel that energizes us to solve problems, release our creativity and confront injustice.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786784452
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 01/12/2021
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 431,040
Product dimensions: 5.33(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Dr. Ryan Martin is Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Psychology Today and on BBC Radio, and his much-viewed TED talk is entitled "Why We Get Mad - and Why It's Healthy". Find out more at: www.alltheragescience.com

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Part 1 Anger Basics 11

1 Introduction to anger 13

2 Why we get mad 23

3 Angry biology 42

4 Angry thinking 59

5 Race, gender, and anger 74

Part 2 When Anger Goes Wrong 87

6 Violence and impulse control 89

7 Damaged relationships 107

8 Physical and mental health 122

9 Irrational thinking 139

Part 3 Healthy Anger 153

10 Understanding anger 155

11 Managing anger 171

12 Using anger 185

References 205

Acknowledgements 211

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