Not another assertiveness tract, but a general discussion of anger and how to deal with it. The style is relaxed (slack?)...

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LISTEN TO ME, I'M ANGRY

Not another assertiveness tract, but a general discussion of anger and how to deal with it. The style is relaxed (slack?) and colloquial, verging on the flip. (""Love Means Sometimes Having to Say 'I'm Angry'"" is a chapter heading.) The text abounds in sample conversations and cases, often simplistically treated: The authors make their solutions seem too easy, and never face the question of what to do when their initial suggestion doesn't work. Similarly superficial are the trips ""down memory lane"" to discover the hidden cause of immediate anger; their interpretation of physical symptoms and other ways in which hidden anger will out; and their classification of daydreams into such categories as problem-solving or avoidance. However, the general points their samples demonstrate are worth making--a ""cool front"" has costs; letting off steam expresses but doesn't resolve angry feelings; listening to the other guy and refusing to get sidetracked can defuse an argument--and, to be fair, this is less slick and without the gimmickry of many adult titles on similar topics. Shallow but sane.

Pub Date: April 14, 1980

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1980