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Overcoming Anger and Irritability [Paperback]

Dr William Davies
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5 Nov 2009 Overcoming
This is a self-help manual for those who find that they are spoiling the lives of both themselves and those around them with their almost constant irritability and flashes of bad temper. It speaks to those who often find themselves saying and doing things they later regret. It will help the reader understand why such behaviour occurs and what can be done to prevent it. Like all the Overcoming guides it takes a positive approach for which the long-term goal in this case is lasting ‘good temper’ and also looks at how best to handle situations which would tax even the most good-natured person!

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (5 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849011311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849011310
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An invaluable self-help guide to managing a widespread behavioural problem

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Dr William Davies is a practicing chartered clinical psychologist, and Academic Director of APT, The Association of Psychological Therapies.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes perfect sense 27 Sep 2011
By David A
Format:Paperback
Do you have those moments when paragraph after paragraph all make sense, the fog clears and an explanation to your woes is laid before you. This book provided that for me and I would be surprised if any reader didn't have a similar experience.

Highly recommended.
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161 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A self-help book which really brings results. 3 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book has certainly helped me to get less angry less often. With the help of real-life case studies, the author describes what happens when you get angry, why you may be angered by something that doesn't anger somebody else, and the difference between anger and irritability. In the second part you get a chance to put the theories into practice by keeping an anger diary and then analysing the incidents according to the trigger that makes you angry, the appraisal you make of the situation, and the beliefs behind the appraisal. After working through the case-study examples as if advising the people in them how to look at the situation differently, you get to do the same on your own incidents, which I found an enlightening, and sometimes painful, experience. I now find I get less angry if a similar incident occurs. I would thoroughly recommend this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good and effective. Thank you!! 22 April 2011
By Maru
Format:Paperback
I loved this book and it did wonders for me. The examples are very simple and the same ones througout but with increasing layers as we progress through the book. It is vey easy to read as well. Very nice, I totally recommend it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars overcoming anger and irritability 12 Sep 2011
By tricky
Format:Paperback
I read this book very quickly, but I realised that I have had issues with anger and I need to address them. This book will help anyone with this powerful emotion and a recommend it to everyone that cannot control their anger be it through alcohol related or due to tension with relationships. This book covers all angles and is a useful guide for self recognition and improvement.Overcoming Anger and Irritability
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really useful book 8 April 2010
Format:Paperback
I've had a latent anger problem for years and have tried other books, most notably 'Beyond Anger: A Guide For Men'. Where I think that book failed (for me) and 'Overcoming Anger and Irritability' succeeds, is in its thoroughly systematic approach. The first half of the book methodically breaks down anger into a series of stages, beginning with a trigger event. Following that comes an appraisal of the trigger, which, depending on the appraisee, can lead to anger. There are other factors affecting the appraisal: inhibitions, beliefs and mood.

I personally found this approach very helpful in developing a strategy for coping with, managing and even preventing my anger erupting in the first place. The book is full of exercises that anyone can do, such as keeping a diary. I strongly recommend that you follow the exercises and be as methodical as you can in your battle with your anger. Honestly, if this book can help me with my considerable anger, it should benefit many people.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin 29 May 2008
Format:Paperback
I found this an excellent source of information on anger and how to deal with it. As a trainee counsellor who is already working with clients I have used it as a framework for discussing anger problems and found the advice on how to re-appraise our habitual reactions to anger "triggers" was especially useful. I also liked the "leaky bucket" analogy, i.e. that if we don't keep topping up the bucket, the anger drains away. I would recommend the book to counsellors and self-helpers as it is very easy to read and follow. I do think the CBT approach is valuable for learning to manage what I would call "everyday" anger, but I think that there are people with "deep-seated" anger relating to wounds from their past who would need a different approach.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, so useful! Would recommend 8 Sep 2011
By Jes
Format:Paperback
I bought this book after recently realising my anger has spiralled from normal 'harmless' arguements to full blown, out of control nastiness, always blaming someone else and refusung to back down. All this was doing was making my life and unhappy one, for others in my life too. After a (not literal) slap in the fact I recognised this is not who I want to be so ordered this book. I am really beginning to understand about my anger, and the ways I can teach myself to change my behaviour so I do not have an unchangeable flaw. Since reading half of this (in a few hours) I felt so much more positive about how this will benefit my life and that I can change this about myself. I would recommend this to anyone, in fact a friend has asked to borrow this after I have finished.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hard going but makes sense 6 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I say hard going but actually se t out in chunks to achieve your goal. A must for grumpy old men
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
This book arrived quickly and is another good example from the series of books. It is useful for counselling both for the client and the counsellor. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jo Mac
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite in-depth enough
Fairly insightful and easy to listen to. Reasonably enjoyable and thankfully free of jargon. However I found it just a little too short. I feel there could have been more. Read more
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this book was bought for a friend with anger and irritability her husband got cancer so this book was helpful
Published 3 months ago by Sandra D. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Half way through the book and you know exactly why !!!!
I was advised by a medical person just to have a glance at this book at the library.. Thanks to that chap I have understood so many of the little niggles that go on in your head. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Geoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in this great series.
It is no wonder that a lot of G.P.'s and therapists are recommending these books. Written by highly qualified and experienced professors and therapists themselves they combine easy... Read more
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I bought this for my husband to read. I've read it and was fascinated but he is yet to read it. The service was super, many thanks.
Published 4 months ago by lorenlasham
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I was looking for a book on this subject from an English author so I was very pleased to find this. The book is written sympathetically, is well paced and full of very helpful... Read more
Published 5 months ago by TopCop1981
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Really pleased with the book. Arrived in excellent condition and very well packaged. Thanks very much. Would definatly use again.
Published 7 months ago by Ian D. Best
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first class
Can highly recommend this book very easy to read, understand and relate to. Not just a reading book but very practical with lots of projects for you to try out. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Deano
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing - Immediately!
I have not even finished the book and it has changed my life and my family's for the better already; through understanding that anger hinges on my strongly held beliefs and my... Read more
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