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Overcoming Destructive Anger. Strategies that work

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’This book should certainly be read by any health professional/students who work in a stressful environment to provide them with awareness of trigger points and how they can better deal with challenging get events in the course of their working lives’

Title: Overcoming Destructive Anger. Strategies that work

Author: Bernard Golden

Publisher: John Hopkins University Press 

Reviewer: Anne Duell, ward sister, Birmingham Community NHS Trust

What was it like?

This book is a breath of fresh air. It is a reader/user friendly guide to support anyone who has or is experiencing occasions of anger, which is leading to destructive relationships either with themselves or others they encounter in their daily lives.

This is a practical resource that can bee utilised by both the lay person and those who work in healthcare. It is no more prevalent for one than the other. It is written in a manner that all readers could benefit from. Golden supports his readers to acknowledge where they are in regards to experiencing destructive anger, then supports them to appraise the situation and develop realistic expectations to cope.

What were the highlights?

This book is one of the few gems where it is difficult as a reviewer to pick out highlights, not on the basis that they are a challenge to find; very much the contrary. This author has done a fantastic job of addressing a subject that is still much a taboo in many areas of todays society. Golden has sensitively and cohesively presented a framework for anger as long with clear guidance around how to utilise this effectively.

If readers want to take anything away from this book the 19 key points are summed up in chapter 14. However it is well worth spending quality time to read each chapter and allow the richness and depth of Golden’s knowledge to help address the needs of the individual reading this book.

Strengths & weaknesses:

As indicated the strength of the author is in how they have made this resource practical while not demeaning their reader. Golden portrays an empathy for his readers and supports them with practical suggestions; for example the development of a trigger log and the need to have compassion not purely for others affected by your anger but for yourself, while growing in understanding that there is a difference between angry thoughts and angry feelings; towards the end Golden also addresses a key point and helps his readers to comprehend that not all anger is bad; there is such a thing as healthy anger if we employ the tools provide and employ a dose of self compassion.

There is no negatives to the structure or contents of this book. What I would love to see in future reprints would be the introduction of a separate workbook or learning journal which people can use alongside the book.

Who should read it?

This book should certainly be read by any health professional/students who work in a stressful environment to provide them with awareness of trigger points and how they can better deal with challenging get events in the course of their working lives. I would further recommend it it’s individual who has gone through or are going through challenging times where they at feel anger or be seen as angry towards themselves or others so they can develop coping strategies to help them in their daily lives.

 

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