Healing the Angry Brain

Healing the Angry Brain

Ronald T. Potter-Efron, MSW, PhD

Do you find yourself:

• Becoming so angry you have trouble thinking? • Acting impulsively during angry outbursts? • Getting so mad that you feel out of control of your actions?

If these strong, sudden bursts of anger sound all too familiar, you know the impact they have over your life. Over time, these responses can actually hard-wire our brains to respond angrily in situations that normally wouldn’t cause us to lose our cool. These anger pathways in the brain can eventually disrupt your work, strain your relationships, and even damage your health.

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Do you find yourself:

• Becoming so angry you have trouble thinking?

• Acting impulsively during angry outbursts?

• Getting so mad that you feel out of control of your actions?

If these strong, sudden bursts of anger sound all too familiar, you know the impact they have over your life. Over time, these responses can actually hard-wire our brains to respond angrily in situations that normally wouldn’t cause us to lose our cool. These anger pathways in the brain can eventually disrupt your work, strain your relationships, and even damage your health.

Written by anger management expert Ronald Potter-Efron, Healing the Angry Brain can help you short-circuit the anger cycle and learn to calmly handle even the most stressful interactions. You will learn which areas of your brain are causing your reactions and discover how to take control of your emotions by rewiring your brain for greater patience and perspective. This fascinating, scientific approach to anger management will yield long-term results, helping you develop greater empathy and put effective conflict resolution skills into practice for years to come.

Details
Item HTAB
ISBN# 978-1-60882-133-4
Pages 184
Cover softback
Year 2012

Authors

Ronald T. Potter-Efron, MSW, PhD, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Eau Claire, WI, who specializes in anger management, mental health counseling, and the treatment of addictions. He is the author of Angry All the Time and Stop the Anger Now and coauthor of The Secret Message of Shame and Anger, Alcoholism, and Addiction.

Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1 Brain Basics

Chapter 2 – The Emotional Brain

Chapter 3 – The Angry Brain

Chapter 4 – The Causes of an Angry Brain

Chapter 5 – You Can Change Your Brain

Chapter 6 - Recognizing Unconscious Anger Activation

Chapter 7 – Avoiding Conscious Bad Choices

Chapter 8 – Developing Empathy

Further Study

Appendix

Medications That May Help with Anger

References

Excerpts

It’s only fair to warn you that making significant changes to the brain is neither fast nor simple. It will take time, energy, thought, and perseverance. You’ll need to commit to a six-month program because it takes that long for the brain to redesign itself. But the payoff is well worth it. After six months of steady effort, your brain will be ready to automatically respond differently to the world. Instead of immediately presuming the worst, for example, you can train your brain to give people the benefit of the doubt. You don’t have to live the rest of your life with an angry brain. Each chapter in this book will help you take this journey toward a calmer brain.

Reviews

“Psychotherapists are always asking neuroscientists, “How does understanding the brain help me to help my clients?” In Healing the Angry Brain, Ronald Potter-Efron provides an answer. Through a combination of clinical expertise and clear scientific information, he guides the reader to a better understanding of anger while providing a roadmap to relational and inner peace.”

—Lou Cozolino, professor of psychology at Pepperdine University

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