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The Anger Fallacy: Uncovering the Irrationality of the Angry Mindset

The Anger Fallacy: Uncovering the Irrationality of the Angry Mindset
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The Anger Fallacy: Uncovering the Irrationality of the Angry Mindset

Steven Laurent and Ross G Menzies

Highly recommend for clinicians and their patients., January 31, 2014

By JB -

I am a psychiatrist. While I trained at a highly regarded Ivy League residency program and have since kept abreast of the literature, I have always felt insufficiently prepared to assess and manage anger in my patients. 

The Anger Fallacy is one of the best treatment books that I have ever read. Uniquely, it is a tremendous resource for both patients and clinicians. It is accessible and amusing such that patients need not be overwhelmed, yet sophisticated and layered to the point that I have found myself continuously harvesting pearls after multiple readings. Written in elegant and sprightly prose, this book tackles anger from all sides, squeezing the life out of it with logic, appeals to pragmatics, cognitive reframing, and humor. The multidimensional approach makes it adaptable to nearly any patient and the colorful examples make each lesson easy to retain and fun to recount. Several times already, I have had success using examples from the book in my practice; then once the patient's attention was captive, I managed to persuade them without difficulty to read the book. Each time they thanked me for the recommendation.

 This book could greatly benefit anyone who has struggled with anger, knows an angry person, works with angry people, or who is interested generally in transcending the negative thoughts and emotions that we all occasionally buy into to our own detriment. I congratulate the authors on a superb addition to our clinical arsenal.



The Anger Fallacy: Uncovering the Irrationality of the Angry Mindset

Steven Laurent and Ross G Menzies

A life without anger is attainable - if you understand The Anger Fallacy.

This is a book meant to challenge us. The authors have taken such an engaging and witty approach that the reader is likely to get hooked and will stop to think — to reflect. The humorous story is a device, along with creative metaphors, analogies and dialogue scripts, which the authors use to convey the compelling logic of their argument about the counter-productiveness of anger. I strongly recommend this book. If you are suffering with your anger it will give you a lift. 

— Adjunct Professor Roger Dooley, Clinical Psychologist    

 


Anger is everywhere - behind everything from road rage to wrap rage, domestic violence to international conflicts. People cling to their anger, as a tool of influence and a driver of revenge. But is anger really ever useful? And can we learn to overcome it?


In this entertaining and ground-breaking book, two of Australia's leading clinical psychologists take a radical approach to anger management, exploding the irrational beliefs that fuel this noxious and misunderstood emotion. Through numerous examples from popular culture and the consulting room, and with a sizable dose of humour, the authors show how to combat anger by substituting empathy and understanding for righteous angry judgments. Along the way, readers will learn a new way of viewing people and their actions that is at once powerful and serene.

Featuring the wisdom and wit of: Confucius, The Bible, Yoda, Billy Connolly, George Bernard Shaw, Jerry Seinfeld, Dale Carnegie, Ricky Gervais, Larry David, and many more.

Table of Contents

  • About the authors

  • Acknowledgments

  • 1. Anger is everywhere

  • 2. But anger gets results ...

  • 3. But anger motivates me ...

  • 4. But anger is part of my image ...

  • 5. Shoulding: The cognitive basis of anger

  • 6. What are you really angry about?

  • 7. Anger Treatment 101: Get your facts straight

  • 8. Anger Treatment 102: The arbitrariness of 'shoulds'

  • 9. Anger Treatment 103: Seeing the machine

  • 10. Anger Treatment 104: The empathy solution

  • 11. Getting past unfairness

  • 12. Respect: A closer look

  • 13. Recap and conclusion

 

 


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