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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (29 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393708942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393708943
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.5 x 24.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brandt uses a warm and friendly tone and speaks from experience. The tools provided allow clients to slow down and understand their anger in order to deal with it in a healthy manner. This will lead to improvement in many other aspects of the reader's life." "Andrea Brandt's new book...grabs your emotional attention-your gut-from the opening pages... This book will surely be found most helpful by a general educated public, but it would also provide a good text for budding specialists in the psychological professions, as yet ungrounded in Eastern practices." "[Filled with insights on myths surrounding anger's origins and arguments on breaking old habits and handling false perceptions about anger. Psychology collections will find this a key acquisition." "This user-friendly and vital guide to understanding the gift of anger skillfully demonstrates how to transform its often misunderstood and destructive energy into a positive force to achieve our most cherished life goals. By learning how to figure out the source of our anger, its effects on us, and the urgent message it is trying to convey, we can thoughtfully and mindfully use it to change our lives, our relationships, and our world. A must-read!" -- Constance Kaplan, Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist and EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultant "In Mindful Anger, Andrea Brandt pulls back the curtain surrounding this long misunderstood emotion and shows us-with great wisdom, heart, and a healthy dose of humor-not only how to manage this powerful feeling but how to reap its many benefits as well. Drawing on both her personal experience and her years of helping others as a therapist, Dr. Brandt combines the skills of mindfulness with a series of practical strategies to support and guide readers in the experience of processing, releasing, and resolving anger. This book offers readers the help they need to make anger their friend." -- Ronald J. Frederick, PhD, psychologist; author of Living Like You Mean It

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Andrea Brandt, PhD, has more than thirty years of experience working with individuals, couples, groups, and children. She is a sought-after television and radio show guest and lives in Santa Monica, California.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Caring Guide 17 Mar. 2014
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"When anger is suppressed, it turns up as passive-aggressive and other self-defeating behaviors, habits, and even illness." ~ Andrea Brandt

Andrea Brandt is a very caring, compassionate person who has written an excellent guide to dealing with anger in the most effective ways. She is very open about her own life but mostly gives case examples throughout the book. She gives anger workshops so has a great deal of experience with this issue.

In this book you will learn about the different types of anger styles. There are lots of exercises to promote well-being. Mindfulness is also explained.

It was interesting to read that insomnia can be caused by suppressed anger but the author also explains that sleeping too much can also be an indicator of anger. I also enjoyed reading about how assumptions and unrealistic expectations can make you angry.

This book would also be great for psychologists to read so they could analyze their clients more effectively. It is also a great guide for patients who need extra information on how to manage their anger themselves.

I will say this. I used to be a very angry person - I even threw things when angry. However I learned to manage my anger and now feel more compassion for people. So it is possible to get rid of most of your anger if you forgive people for being human. Because normally it is other people that make us angry.

~The Rebecca Review

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A huge help for me! 25 April 2014
By John Pomposello - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There is so much information in this book! But one section that sticks with me, is the idea of The False Self. Dr. Brandt writes:

"The false self is the person we think our parents and other important people in our lives will accept and love. Creating a false self is a clever coping skill, but it comes at a devastating cost. The more we cut off our true feelings, the less able we are to get in touch with them and the less we will know how we really feel about anything. This false self is the person we present to the world. Over time it becomes like a role we play."

I most definitely grew up with a 'False Self' ... I had to create on to survive my childhood. Over the years, this fake persona, no longer served me. In fact, it was getting in the way of my relationships ... This book helps to clarify how we can begin to become more like our true-selves.

Great fast read
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Tremendous Self Help Read - a great help for processing anger 22 April 2014
By Carey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book brought up so many answers to emotional questions that have haunted me for decades. So much of the time, we as humans are told by parents, teachers, coaches and friends not to respond to what we feel, or that anger is inappropriate, selfish, egocentric, and bad; but that never helps us process angry feelings that are a natural response to the life situations we all confront. MINDFUL ANGER helped me validate those feelings from long ago, and gave me tools to confront the anger I deal with now.

A great book that I recommend highly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Well thought and organized book doesn't leave us in the muck of anger 21 April 2014
By Deirdre Fay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Andrea’s first book 8 Keys to Eliminating Passive Aggressiveness showed me how insidious passive aggressive behavior can be. It “forced” me to look at ways I said or did things that were not in sync with who I wanted to be. Certainly those behaviors did not get me the results that I wanted in life!

This new book Mindful Anger brings a subtlety to the variety of anger styles we can have – doing all that without making any style, any angry presentation wrong. Instead, Andrea invites us to explore our angry parts, or styles, in a mindful way. She offers exercise after exercise to see what is going on. Writing: "Anger is an indication that something is wrong, and its energy fuels us to action. They key, of course, is knowing enough about how anger works and then exploring it to find out what is wrong so you can figure out the best way to correct the problem. That’s the task you will accept as you move forward in this book."

She then goes on to give us a ways to see into and underneath the anger. Andrea then opens up the reasons we get angry and why we might be fueled into action. Some of the explorations are to notice if our boundaries (internal or external) are getting pushed too far, or to inquire into unmet needs that aren’t being met. Getting deeper awareness of what’s going in inside us opens the door to finding the wisdom in our anger. Then Andrea gives an excellent way to use mindfulness (replete with exercises!) and demystifies our experience of anger.

Walking us even deeper into what happens in our bodies when we’re angry, Andrea teaches us about how to catch anger in the act. There’s actually a whole chapter (wonderful, by the way) on that.

Building on the body responses, because when our bodies are angry we are physiologically driven, Andrea then suggests ways that our beliefs play a role in anger. This chapter gives exercises on how to revise these old beliefs “that have outlived their value.” Tying into that is a whole chapter on “Anger and Childhood Wounds” – necessary explorations that help untangle the past from the present moment.

Of course, this well thought out and written book doesn’t leave us in the muck of our lives. Instead Andrea gently prods us to use her five steps to mindfully release anger, invites us to move on to forgiveness and gratitude, and maybe best of all talks to us about transforming anger into communication.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
doesn't meet its title 21 May 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
this book doesn't really match its title. there seems to be very little of a mindfulness approach to anger. it is more traditional anger management techniques, primarily CBT. I kept reading to see if mindfulness would be incorporated but didn't find much.
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