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Overcoming Anger and Irritability: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques [Paperback]

William Davies
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May 13 2008 Overcoming
Step-by-step guides to self-improvement that introduce the methods of the highly regarded cognitive behavioral therapy technique to help readers conquer a broad range of disabling conditions-from worry to body image problems to obsessive compulsive disorder and more. The accessible, straightforward, and practical books in the 'Overcoming' series treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was developed by psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck and is now internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. CBT insists that our 'thoughts' cause our feelings and behaviors. Even when our situation does not change, if we change the self-defeating ways we think, we can make ourselves feel better. This positive, pragmatic approach is popular with therapists and patients alike.Books in the 'Overcoming' Series: highlight the history and background of the disorder, who is likely to be affected, and what the main symptoms are provide a structure ideal for personal use or in a program using guided self-help techniques include diagnostic questionnaires, case studies, and workbook-style interactive exercises explore step-by-step techniques such as diary- and record-keeping, problem-solving, and managing symptoms include overviews of all treatment options offer authoritative, commonsense solutions to pervasive, difficult emotional problems are highly recommended by experts around the world and offer readers an affordable and easy-to-follow treatment plan

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William Davies is a practicing chartered clinical psychologist, consultant psychologist at the BUPA Hospital, Leicester, and Academic Director of APT, the Association for Psychological Therapies. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A for Effort June 19 2003
Format:Paperback
Anger is a much more difficult thing to treat than is sadness or fear, and good books in this field are rare. Therefore Davies deserves an A for effort. It is well written and easy to understand. Having said those nice things let me get to the negative stuff. It is written as a self-help book designed to be used by the "patient" but the sort of angry person it is written for is unlikely to buy the book and work through the exercises. (I suspect most of the copies sold are given as gifts, and more in hope than expectation). Most angry people perceive their anger as excusable or justified. They may agree with a general description of themselves as bad-tempered but the moment is comes to discussing a specific action they justify it. Reading and working through the book demands patience and a capacity for self-criticism- rare qualities amongst the angry.
Since it is self-help book is does not discuss the issues that professionals have to deal with in coping with the angry client.
As compared with Potter-Efron's "Letting Go of Anger" it is about more overt anger. The Potter-Efrons take a broader view and also write about less obvious manifestations of masked hosility. (like writing nasty reviews) They are Americans and Davies is British, with many of his examples based on British mores.
One final jab. Davies (and even more so, Peter Cooper in his inroduction) claims that these methods are "clinically proven" because they are based on cognitive therapy which has been "subjected to the strictest scientific testing" (Cooper) but no references are given to support this. It could be argued that references are out of place in a self-help book, but then so are claims of scientific proof.
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Excellent read. It's a quick read (~209 pages) with a wealth of information. Author's style is as if he is speaking directly to the reader. Book consists of 2 sections -- "Understanding What Happens" & "Sorting It Out." The 1st section sets the foundation -- defines terms, causes, etc. The 2nd section, and in my opinion the most useful, focuses on the process of anger control.
The author utilizes a wealth of examples. These examples are referenced throughout the entire text; hence there is a lot of building with respect to situations. Many chapters conclude with projects that urge the reader to review the content provided and to apply it to his/her own situation.
Excellent read. Easy to digest. Thought provoking. It shed a lot of light on my own issues with anger management.
Don't hesitate to purchase this book! Very helpful & eye opening. Though a very good book, I don't believe that it takes the place of an appropriate therapist. What is does do is position the reader to better understand what is going on in his/her life (related to anger & irritability) and to have a more meaningful dialogue with a therapist.
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Outstanding. I bought this book several years ago when I was in a constant state of irritation due to overwork and too little sleep, fueled by too much coffee. I tried to read it back then, but threw it down when the repeated stories drove me crazy :-) When I picked it up this year it all came together, making a remarkable difference in how I react to situations in overdrive. I recommend anyone picking up this book to give it a second chance if the first fails. And I highly recommend this book to those who are running their own businesses.
My family thanks William Davies, I thank William Davis, and I'll have to get back to you about the client side.
Catherine (cat) Morley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to controlling responses Feb. 28 2001
Format:Paperback
As a consultant who deals with conflict management issues, I am always looking for good books to recommend to workplace clients. This book is direct, well-organized, and easy to understand. The examples and exercises are practical and there is just enough theory to provide a foundation of knowledge without going too much into the science of these approaches. It is also a great tool for helping supervisors become better behavioral coaches.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Anger & Irritability (William Davies, PHD) Jan. 21 2004
By Howard From Seattle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Excellent read. It's a quick read (~209 pages) with a wealth of information. Author's style is as if he is speaking directly to the reader. Book consists of 2 sections -- "Understanding What Happens" & "Sorting It Out." The 1st section sets the foundation -- defines terms, causes, etc. The 2nd section, and in my opinion the most useful, focuses on the process of anger control.
The author utilizes a wealth of examples. These examples are referenced throughout the entire text; hence there is a lot of building with respect to situations. Many chapters conclude with projects that urge the reader to review the content provided and to apply it to his/her own situation.
Excellent read. Easy to digest. Thought provoking. It shed a lot of light on my own issues with anger management.
Don't hesitate to purchase this book! Very helpful & eye opening. Though a very good book, I don't believe that it takes the place of an appropriate therapist. What is does do is position the reader to better understand what is going on in his/her life (related to anger & irritability) and to have a more meaningful dialogue with a therapist.
43 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to controlling responses Feb. 28 2001
By Pat Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a consultant who deals with conflict management issues, I am always looking for good books to recommend to workplace clients. This book is direct, well-organized, and easy to understand. The examples and exercises are practical and there is just enough theory to provide a foundation of knowledge without going too much into the science of these approaches. It is also a great tool for helping supervisors become better behavioral coaches.
28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A for Effort June 19 2003
By D. P. Birkett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Anger is a much more difficult thing to treat than is sadness or fear, and good books in this field are rare. Therefore Davies deserves an A for effort. It is well written and easy to understand. Having said those nice things let me get to the negative stuff. It is written as a self-help book designed to be used by the "patient" but the sort of angry person it is written for is unlikely to buy the book and work through the exercises. (I suspect most of the copies sold are given as gifts, and more in hope than expectation). Most angry people perceive their anger as excusable or justified. They may agree with a general description of themselves as bad-tempered but the moment is comes to discussing a specific action they justify it. Reading and working through the book demands patience and a capacity for self-criticism- rare qualities amongst the angry.
Since it is self-help book is does not discuss the issues that professionals have to deal with in coping with the angry client.
As compared with Potter-Efron's "Letting Go of Anger" it is about more overt anger. The Potter-Efrons take a broader view and also write about less obvious manifestations of masked hosility. (like writing nasty reviews) They are Americans and Davies is British, with many of his examples based on British mores.
One final jab. Davies (and even more so, Peter Cooper in his inroduction) claims that these methods are "clinically proven" because they are based on cognitive therapy which has been "subjected to the strictest scientific testing" (Cooper) but no references are given to support this. It could be argued that references are out of place in a self-help book, but then so are claims of scientific proof.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Resource Jan. 22 2013
By Doug Loflin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a pretty good book if you are trying to improve your ability to better deal with anger and irritability. The best tip I got from it was to write down the triggers for my anger and my responses. I learned quite a bit about myself and have definitely improved.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick with the book! Nov. 28 2011
By K. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have used the book by the same name in working with clients, and have found it to be one of the best sources available on understanding anger and learning new skills. So I had high hopes for this audio CD, and thought it might be useful with clients who were less inclined to read a book. I am very disappointed. The information provided is very basic, and he takes forever to get to the "meat" of the material, and then doesn't spend enough time on the important parts. In one part he goes on and on about the importance of exercise, diet, and sleep, and in another part he goes on and on about keeping a diary of your anger, and how you could do it in a notebook or on a computer, etc. Like he is speaking with kindergartners. My husband and I were sitting here laughing because we were becoming quite irritated by listening to the CD!! Do not waste your money on this -- stick with the book, which is excellent.
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