Emotions play an important role in our daily lives, influencing the decisions we make and the way in which we react to situations. For example, anger is a completely natural response to a perceived threat; it warns us that we may be under attack and this in turn allows us to defend ourselves in dangerous situations. However, as with all emotions, it is important to know when our emotions are out of control. Sometimes anger can have profound negative consequences, particularly if it leads to those around you being hurt physically or emotionally. You may have a problem with anger if it is something you feel frequently, if it feels out of your control or if it goes beyond what is needed for the specific situation.
If this is you – we want to help you succeed – here is our top 5 list of books for managing anger.
1) Anger Management Workbook for Men
By Aaron Karmin, MA (Author)
In the Anger Management Workbook for Men, Clinical Therapist Aaron Karmin teaches the reader the skills needed to manage anger without aggression. Karmin goes beyond the “why” and instead teaches men how to evaluate and productively express their anger. Sprinkled with clinical examples of proven anger management strategies, the Anger Management Workbook for Men allows men to take control of their own journey and become a master of their relationship with anger.
2) Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion
By Gary Chapman (Author)
Author of the New York Times bestselling novel The 5 Love Languages, Gary Chapman offers insight into why men get angry and what they can do about it. Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion combines insight from Chapman, real-life examples and a personal assessment to examine your propensity for anger and how to effectively tame it when it arises. As an added bonus, the tools found in this book can also be used to aid those you love in dealing with their own anger.
3) The Cow in the Parking Lot
By Leonard Scheff (Author), Susan Edmiston (Author)
Based in Buddhist philosophy, The Cow in the Parking Lot demonstrates how to replace anger with happiness. Scheff and Edminston postulate that anger is a result of unmet demands and that by identifying these demands, we can rewrite our responses to them. By understanding what pushes our buttons, we can change what happens when they are inevitably pushed.
4) Beyond Anger: A Guide for Men
By Thomas J. Harbin, PhD (Author)
“Is there a life beyond this crippling anger?” Written by psychologist Dr. Thomas J. Harbin, Beyond Anger provides a clear path to a life in which you can have control over your anger. Using simple exercises developed specifically for men, this guide allows you to identify when and why anger occurs in order to develop preventative strategies to curtail future explosions.
5) Rage: A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger
By Ronald Potter-Efron, PhD (Author)
Do you or someone you care about experience episodes of extreme and unpredictable anger? In this guide, Ronald Potter-Efron, a renowned expert on the subject of anger, provides comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the types of rage that one may experience, their specific triggers and an evidence-based approach to preventing episodes from occurring. This book is an excellent tool for men who are trying to gain more control over their emotions and counter the feelings of helplessness that often accompany experiences of rage.