Healthy Anger

Healthy Anger : How to Help Children and Teens Manage Their Anger

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How should we respond to a child's temper tantrum? To a teenager's sullen resentment? How can we help children and teens experience their anger without being overwhelmed by it? How can we deal with their anger before it leads to depression, isolation, or even violence? Now, in Healthy Anger, Bernard Golden draws upon more than twenty years of experience as a psychologist and teacher to offer specific, practical strategies for helping children and teens manage their anger constructively. Unlike many who suggest that anger should be repressed, Golden argues that anger is a natural human emotion intricately connected with a range of other thoughts and feelings. He stresses that anger, when properly understood, tells us more about our own wants and needs than about the person or situation that has caused the anger. Golden has developed a set of skills that parents, teachers, and counsellors can use to show children how to identify the causes of anger; how to respond to anger in ways that lead to an internal sense of competence and self-control; how to use anger to understand their own emotional situation; and how to develop a greater capacity for empathy towards themselves and others. And he shows parents how to cope with outbursts-including clear, step-by-step instructions and problem-solving skills-how to derail escalating anger, reward good behaviours, and recognise when professional help is needed. For anyone who has ever helplessly confronted a child's rage or a teenager's defiant fury, Healthy Anger offers a wealth of wise insight, clear advice, and eminently practical strategies for turning anger into understanding.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 132.1 x 198.1 x 20.3mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Line drawings
  • 0195304500
  • 9780195304503
  • 678,751

About Bernard Golden

Bernard Golden teaches in the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, and is a therapist in private practice, offering workshops to teachers, mental health professionals, parents, and adolescents. He is a co-author of New Hope for People With Bipolar Disorder and lives in Chicago.show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Understanding and Recognizing Anger in Children and Teens ; 2. How to Apply the Model of Anger with Your Child or Teen ; 3. Special Considerations ; Conclusionshow more

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"Most approaches to anger management and treatment attempt to teach people to eliminate anger or express it differently. This usually results in people bottling up their anger and holding it in. This eventually fails and the person explodes. Healthy Anger stresses the ubiquitous nature of anger and the adaptive functions it serves. The experience of anger can help people identify a problem in their environment that they need to address. This book teaches parents to help their children evaluate their environment and their emotional reaction to it. Golden's writing style is clear and crisp, and the book's inclusive nature will help parents to help their children."-Raymond A. DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, St. Johns University "Golden confirms what I have long suspected-the origins of adult 'toxic' anger reside in childhood. I found the discussion of 'child logic' and shame especially helpful. I will be a better anger therapist for having read this book!" -W. Doyle Gentry, Ph.D., author of Anger-Free: Ten Basic Steps to Managing Your Anger "Healthy Anger is a comprehensive sourcebook of practical information for parents. A vital message in this book is that anger does not need to lead to violence. Highly recommended."-Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology Department, Fairleigh Dickinson University "At first, Healthy Anger seems like an oxymoron. But Bernard Golden helps us understand how anger can be not only normal, but essential to healthy growth-if we know how to guide and control it. And Golden shows us in plain, easy steps how to help our children do just that."-Myrna B. Shure, Ph.D., author of Raising a Thinking Child "Golden presents a useful model to help parents manage their children's and teenagers' ire. Through its different components, the author explains how children and teens, by way of self-reflection and communication, can gain a better understanding of their needs, wants, expectations, and emotions Exercises are offered to help one get in touch with emotions, to relax, and to listen to self-talk."-Library Journalshow more

Review Text

"Golden presents a useful model to help parents manage their children's and teenagers' ire. Through its different components, the author explains how children and teens, by way of self-reflection and communication, can gain a better understanding of their needs, wants, expectations, and emotions Exercises are offered to help one get in touch with emotions, to relax, and to listen to self-talk."-Library Journalshow more

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