Sourcebook

Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D. and Melissa Hallmark Kerr, Ph.D.

Contemporary Books

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Schiraldi, Glenn R., 1947-

The anger management sourcebook / Glenn R. Schiraldi & Melissa Hallmark Kerr.

Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-7373-0591-6

1. Anger. I. Kerr, Melissa Hallmark. II. Title. BF575.A5 S35 2002

152.47—dc21 2002020115

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Copyright © 2002 by Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. Except as permitted under the United States Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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This book is intended to provide accurate and authoritative information and teach skills that will benefit a wide range of people. However, it is not a substitute for competent professional help, when such help is needed. We suggest that readers consult a qualified and experienced mental health professional for spousal or child abuse or other forms of violence; for clinical depression, anxiety, or other forms of mental illness; or for continuing relationship difficulties that do not resolve despite their best efforts.

Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Part I: Understanding Anger 1

1 About Anger 3

2 The Principles of Anger Management 39

Part II: Anger Management Skills 53

3 Cooling Down 55

4 Calm Thinking 67

5 Self-Esteem 99

6 Meditation 109

7 Variations on Meditation 119

8 Hot Buttons: Healing Hidden Wounds from the Past 129

9 Maintaining Equilibrium 139

10 Peace Within 161

11 Reducing Hostility 169

12 Forgiving 181

13 Interpersonal Skills 193

14 Innovative Approaches 211

15 Special Situations: Road Rage, Criticism, and

Other Vexations 225

16 Caring for the Soul 241

17 Anticipating Angry Situations 249

Epilogue 263

Appendix A: Dietary Guidelines 265

Appendix B: Resources 267 Appendix C: Stress, Anger, and Cardiovascular

Disease: A Comprehensive Model 277 Appendix D: Coping with Terrorism and Other

Traumatic Events 285

Notes 291

Glossary 305

Bibliography 309

About the Authors 315

Index 317

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