Overcoming Anger and Irritability: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques Paperback – May 13 2008
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Cognitive behavioral techniques are, in my opinion, the most effective form of psychological therapy for emotional disorders. Dr. James Le Fanu, GP --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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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