MAKE ANGER YOUR ALLY: Harnessing Our Most Baffling Emotion by Neil Clark Warren

MAKE ANGER YOUR ALLY: Harnessing Our Most Baffling Emotion

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Against aggressive anger (toward others, or oneself)--but in praise of constructive anger. Warren is identified as a former dean of the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena; and this is written in a mildly religious/inspirational context. (E.g., ""anger is a God-given capacity""--that many persons are brought up to deny.) It also talks, in standard self-improvement terms, of ""anger management."" Section I identifies four types of anger mis-managers: exploders, somatizers (who make themselves physically sick), self-punishers, underhanders (the sarcastic, the Judases). Section II expounds a few ""basic ideas""--most especially ""anger is physical arousal,"" but most anger-expression is learned. (In this section, too, Warren airs his reservations, and others', about ""letting it all out."") Section III specifies five ""anger management principles."" The gist: ""You'll need to become clear about your anger values. Then staying in close touch with your feelings will become essential. . . ."" The general idea--to which various exercises are supposed to contribute--is to induce a calm, logical response. Flimsy (though probably not futile) as far as understanding personal anger goes, and lightweight alongside Carol Tavris' Anger (1983) as a position-paper on the subject.

Pub Date: July 8th, 1983
Publisher: Doubleday