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Healing the Angry Brain

How Understanding the Way Your Brain Works Can Help You Control Anger and Aggression
Narrated by: Alan Taylor
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Ronald Potter-Efron (P)2017 Wetware Media

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Impenetrable info dump

Gives you 4 hours of info on the brain and almost no tying in the info with solutions. The solutions offered are the same you would find on literally any web article on anger. Don't get this book unless your interested in basic neurological lectures

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Too detailed.

This is very detailed and talks a lot about brain anatomy. I was hoping for some useful information to use in my therapy practice. I found myself getting angry at the brain anatomy detail.

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Very complicated and complex

Way to much emphasis on technical and complex terms of the brain. Was very hard to follow. Does have some interesting concepts on brain and anger.

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VERY smart and well written!

excellent book. author is expert on this subject. recommend this book for therapists and other professionals.

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Great-ish

Really, glad I listened to this book, and I’ll probably listen to it again... My only meh-factor is that there’s a lot of “your amigdula did this” and “Your prefrontal cortex did that” only, I’m simplifying it for my sake as I retell it. Hey. Really, I’m game. I get it. It’s not all nurture, got some nature involved, but seriously, that was a lot of science to wait through the get the useful bits. . . Lots of those.
Guy really knows what he’s talking about. But this book was a bit heavy on the science. Maybe the second or third time through it’ll be less of a distraction. Honestly, I felt easier around others as soon as I started listening to this book. It’s a good bit. I recommend it.

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Anger management

I have been struggling with anger issues over the years. This book plus therapy by a licensed professional has got me on the road to be able to manage my anger. I can still be triggered but I have now learned to quickly unwind myself and think about my actions.

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Helps but wasn't super engaging

I learned some skills from this but I wouldn't say the book is life changing. There are probably better anger books to read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-18

Detailed explanations & very helpful understanding

I have seen some reviews claim this book is 'too technical' However I found the biological details very helpful in understanding. The techniques are sound and have made a difference in my own anger management.