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This successful guide has already helped many tens of thousands of readers understand and manage out-of-control anger in all its forms, from passive-aggression to all-out rage. Dr. Robert Nay presents an effective six-step program grounded in the proven techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Self-quizzes and exercises show how to immediately recognize anger's triggers and early warning signs and master cooling-off strategies that work in the heat of the moment. By learning specific ways to defuse conflict and express their feelings calmly, readers can put a lid on destructive anger while appropriately asserting their needs. The revised second edition includes a new chapter on resolving longstanding resentments, plus updated examples and resources.
W. Robert Nay, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in McLean, Virginia, and Annapolis, Maryland, and Clinical Associate Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has trained thousands of mental health professionals nationwide to work on anger management and relationship issues with their clients. The author of the Overcoming Anger blog for Psychology Today, Dr. Nay lives in Annapolis with his wife. His website is www.wrobertnay.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Second Edition
Step One. Understanding and Recognizing Anger
1. The Faces of Anger: Whom Do You See in the Mirror?
2. Behind the Mask: Understanding Anger and Its Expression
Step Two. Identifying and Preparing for Anger Triggers
3. Understanding Your Anger Triggers
Step Three. Pinpointing Your Anger Early On and Dampening Arousal
4. Anger Awareness
5. Dampening Anger Arousal
Step Four. Identifying and Changing Thoughts That Fuel Anger
6. Recognizing Thoughts That Fuel Anger
7. Rewriting Your Script: New Thinking for New Solutions
Step Five. Staying Cool Under Fire
8. Assertive Problem Solving: Expressing Anger Constructively in Conflict Situations
9. When Anger Is Aimed at You
Step Six. Staying the Course: Sustaining New Behavior and Coping with Roadblocks
10. Establishing New Anger Habits
11. Resolving Resentment and Considering When to Forgive When You Can't Forget
12. So You've Had a Setback: Getting Back on Track
Appendix 1. Self-Assessment of Anger Questionnaire (SAQ)
Appendix 2. Daily Anger Log
Appendix 3. Personal Anger Scale
Appendix 4. Anger Analysis
Appendix 5. Relationship Anger Profile