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Healthy anger
Bernard Golden
Oxford University Press, New york
2003, 325 Pages, Price: Rs. 395
Thursday, May 07, 2009

As a child one is subjected to many messages about anger communicated by parents, teachers, peers and relatives. The media too plays no small role in presenting examples and advice on how to control it and often these messages are contradictory and in conflict with each other - on the one hand one is told to control anger on the other to express it, but its management and handling is never made quite clear. This is now of particular relevance in a world where one increasingly hears of rage in schools, on the road, in the air and in the workplace. These behaviours represent extreme forms of anger. However even on a day to day basis the mismanagement of anger is destructive to the human spirit. It may be easy to be angry but not so with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, in the right way and for the right purpose. Here is a lucid and excellent attempt made by a doctor who himself having been an angry child and teenager has gleaned a wealth of information from his own experiences and research on how to better recognise, understand and manage anger. He has based his entire book on twelve main principles of anger management in children, adolescents and adults and produced a success story which confirms that the origins of adult toxic anger reside in childhood.



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