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The Surprising Purpose of Anger: Beyond Anger Management: Finding the Gift [Paperback]

Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD
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April 1 2005 Nonviolent Communication Guides
You can feel it when it hits you. Your face flushes and your vision narrows. Your heartbeat increases as judgmental thoughts flood your mind. Your anger has been triggered, and you're about to say or do something that will likely make it worse.

You have an alternative. By practicing the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process you can use that anger to serve a specific, life-enriching purpose. It tells you that you're disconnected from what you value and that your needs are not being met. Rather than managing your anger by suppressing your feelings or blasting someone with your judgments, Marshall Rosenberg shows you how to use anger to discover what you need, and then how to meet your needs in constructive ways.

This booklet will help you apply these four key truths:
- People or events may spark your anger but your own judgments are its cause
- Judging others as "wrong" prevents you from connecting with your unmet needs
- Getting clear about your needs helps you identify solutions satisfying to everyone
- Creating strategies focused on meeting your needs transforms anger into positive actions

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Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. is the internationally acclaimed author of Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, and Speak Peace in a World of Conflict. He is the founder and educational director of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC). He travels throughout the world promoting peace by teaching these remarkably effective communication and conflict resolution skills. He is based in Wasserfallenhof, Switzerland.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, concise information April 12 2013
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I purchased this book along with Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication. I read this first in my haste to address my rage when dealing with my toddlers. I found it really helpful in understanding my own anger!! Not so helpful in amending my children's behaviour. If only there was a "magic bullet" to train and wrap toddlers with empathy - that will be a longer haul.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Nov. 22 2011
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As with all books by Marshall B. Rosenberg, wonderful, thoughtful, provocative, life-saving. Non-violent communication should be taught in all schools, institutions, prisons, everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on anger management. Cuts to the core Jan. 10 2008
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This book beats all the crap all there. It tells you the truth. You are angry because you have a need and it's not being met. And the problem with anger is you are just trying to get it met in the wrong way! So easy, practice self ownership. It helped me get over my anger tendencies!
65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, invaluable information Jan. 4 2006
By Ann S. - Published on
I found this booklet so insightful, even life-changing. I don't need a lot of extra words, I like reading concise, on-target material. Radically shifting the experience of anger -- for only $7. That's worth five stars.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jungman Dec 5 2007
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This book was clear, to the point, and filled with information. I have never read a book on psychology (especially anger) that made this much sense. Everything the author talked about I have experienced, but couldn't express it the way he did. I have learned from this book.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding clarity, profound help for anyone afflicted with anger! Feb. 12 2011
By Zeno - Published on
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This books is only about 40 pages long, more a pamphlet than a book. I read the entire thing the day I received it. I wept. I felt sad, exhilarated and encouraged all at once. I felt a quiet revolution taking place in my head. I was tempted to purchase umpteen copies to pass out to everyone I know. The message is so simple and so profound. If you have come so far in your search as to read this review, you must read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Fooled By Its Briefness Dec 18 2010
By Mary P. - Published on
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Don't be fooled by the briefness of this booklet. When I first opened the packet and found this thin book, I was worried. How can 38 pages resolve the anger issues that I have been experiencing for over three decades? I'm not going to lie; it can't perform any miracles. It's going to take time for me to work on my anger issues, but the advice that was given, in four steps, are very practical, useful, and easy to apply. While I was reading it, I caught myself trying to justify my anger or come up with exceptional examples. "Yeah, that might be true, but it doesn't apply when it comes to racism." Well, guess what? There's actually an example in the book on racism and Rosenberg's explanation makes sense to me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is overwhelmed with anger (like me) or who is going into the profession of helping others deal with anger issues.
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