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Trade Paperback
224 pages
Aug 2004
Jossey-Bass

The Anger Trap: Free Yourself from the Frustrations that Sabotage Your Life

by Les Carter

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Review:

When reading The Anger Trap, you need to be ready and willing to confront challenges, and change your thinking and behavior. Noted psychotherapist and author, Dr. Les Carter, draws on three decades of study, clinical work, and his own experience, to lay it on the line (often a very uncomfortable line) concerning unhealthy anger. Illustrating with his own and others’ painful backgrounds and experiences, Carter enters his subject with an easily understood, deeply delineated discussion of the nature of raw, unrefined anger. After looking at the captivity and insecurity of such anger, Carter then provides potent lessons for growing out of these traps: recognizing and implementing the worth of agony, humiliation, forgiveness, acceptance, and equality; becoming an overcomer; and, activating the good qualities in your life -- encouragement, respect, patience, calm firmness, self-restraint, empathetic timing, kindness, and joy. At the end of each chapter, valuable personal reflection questions sum up the material.

Backed by the Minirth Clinic, Dr. Carter, a conflict resolution expert, imbues The Anger Trap with insights based on Christian values. Using a systematic process of renewal, Carter writes in everyday English, making difficult concepts clear and workable. Many of the myths of anger, or what the reader may have deemed good reasons for anger, are probed, dismantled, and replaced with truth. Because this helpful book combines sympathy with a resolve to understand this painful subject, both the sufferer and the mentor gain facility in growth and healing.

The Anger Trap will be of interest to those who suffer from the problems of unhealthy anger, and also to parents, teachers, youth leaders, facilitators, pastors, students, and workers facing such anger. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

It's easy to identify rage in people who lose their temper at traffic jams, unruly children, unresponsive coworkers, and unrealistic bosses. But we may not recognize more subtle manifestations of anger, such as being uncomfortable with loose ends, acting impatiently, or being overly critical. That is anger, too. And, as is so often the case, angry folks don't seem to realize that the behavior causing them problems at home or at work actually stems from unrecognized and unresolved pain and emotional injuries from the past. Is all this negative emotion inevitable, or are there choices about how to respond, choices that can improve personal relationships as well as emotional health?

The Anger Trap is a landmark book that strips away the myths and misconceptions about anger and reveals how you can learn to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy anger so that you may choose— or help someone else to choose— a better, more spiritually enlightened path. The Anger Trap examines the root causes of anger and can help you realize your patterns and break the destructive cycles of criticism, frustration, and irritation that hurt you and others around you. Drawing insight from timeless spiritual wisdom as well as cutting-edge research, Dr. Carter offers practical techniques to free you from anger, its hidden insecurities, fears, and selfishness and thereby improve the quality of your home and workplace life. The book clearly illustrates how the change process works and The Anger Trap is filled with real-life examples of the ways people have come to terms with their anger by applying the concepts Dr. Carter outlines.