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

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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 reali ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published September 2nd 2004 by Jossey-Bass (first published 2003)
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Sep 07, 2009 Bridgett rated it it was amazing
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I often have an uptight and anxious personality and I have a need to make sense of every little thing. These types of qualities have led me to get very frustrated or angry when things don't go as planned or if there's some kind of miscommunication. I really related to all the different causes of anger stated in this book and I found the advice very helpful. I often feel anger out of fear or feeling a lack of control. In the heat of the moment I tend to forget people are people and make mistakes ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life. I want to read it over and over - the ideas are so clear and helpful. I've been trying for years to be less angry and not model bad anger to my children. This book helped in my relationship with my husband, children and even friends in general.
Jan 24, 2014 Tina rated it it was amazing
This book caught my eye at the library on a particularly frustrating day so I picked it up out of curiosity. It took me months to get through it because I would read a bit and chew on what I learned for days. I wouldn't label myself as an angry person but the first thing I learned is that anger comes in lots of forms-we all deal with it. I find social psychology fascinating but what I really love about this book is that the principles can be applied to any negative or unhealthy feelings and real ...more
Rob Freund
Sep 15, 2012 Rob Freund rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5 stars for general helpfulness, ease of reading, lack of redundancy, and good content.

Dr. Les Carter’s "The Anger Trap" is definitely a self-help kind of book, written for the masses and easily digestible. If you read through it like I did, about a chapter or two at a time, you can finish it in about two weeks. If you plow through it with some concentrated reading, I’d say a few days could be all you need. At any rate, if you have ever struggled with your anger, or someone else’s ange
Aug 17, 2009 Kat rated it it was amazing
I believe everyone should read this book! Alot of self help texts often don't succeed in bringing any more depth of clarity or getting to the root source of the problem. This one, however, identifies deeper issues underlying anger, as well as manifestations of anger that we don't always recognize, such as being too passive. It made me realize that everyone I know has issue expressing anger in a healthy way to some extent, because society tells us it must be repressed as it is an ugly emotion. In ...more
Ria Majumdar
Sep 12, 2016 Ria Majumdar rated it it was amazing
If you have struggled with anger issues most of your life, and failed to control that hideous beast that lurks in the shadowy parts of your psyche, this book is for you. In fact, if you think this book won't really help because all your previous attempts over the years have been futile, then read again: THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!

The Anger Trap is a brilliant book. Let me flesh out why I think so:-

1. Anger is Important

Every time a self-help book has imprinted itself on my mind, it has exhibited a very
Dec 21, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
Some preachiness pops up in a few places, but it's not overwhelming. I read this book more to understand the angry people in my life, and in the process learned from strategies for dealing with them. Although not as angry as the author's patients, I learned about the sources of my own anger and how to choose alternate responses when the feelings arise.
Senja Larsen
Jan 05, 2013 Senja Larsen rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has misused their anger (which is all of us) would benefit from reading this. More peace, less bickering!
Mar 04, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing! Being able to relate so much to what I read in it made my head spin. I realized that I have so much to change about myself, so that I can achieve success in relationships with my lover, my co-workers, my kids, my neighbours and my family.
The overall lesson from this book is to be mindful of our emotions, so that we can turn them into positive forms of anger, rather than destructive forms. It will help you to understand where that negative form of anger came from
Duston Farrell
Jul 18, 2016 Duston Farrell rated it really liked it
I admit I do have anger issues, and read with the idea to do something to help with it. Self awareness seems to be huge in many areas of our lives. This is no exception. I also discovered that there are many others I didn't realize that are struggling with anger issues.
Ugur Ege
Apr 26, 2016 Ugur Ege rated it it was amazing
This book may help people who think they are not efficient enough to handle anger.
The Anger Trap opens an eye , different view of the same situation.
Author gives examples from his experiences from his patients.

Really helpful !
Jun 18, 2016 Johanna rated it really liked it
Not really for me, because I can't label my emotions
Nov 16, 2015 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
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Feb 04, 2013 Manus rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book. Whether you find yourself occasionally annoyed and frustrated or if you have frequent overtly aggressive outbursts, this book can help. I strongly recommend this book to every single person. It will definitely help you transform anger, annoyance, and frustration into opportunities for growth.
Jun 21, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! This is a book full of insight into the touchy subject of anger. This reading taught me a lot about myself, and others. This will definitely be a book I'll continue to reference. I highly recommend this book to everyone...even those with no "anger problem."
Jan 03, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I could have used this years ago. My anger issues have improved a lot over the years, but I found a lot of useful insights in here, both into myself and angry people around me.
Chris Ross
A very good book about the underlying causes of anger. Anger is constructive if controlled. I learned a lot from reading this book.
Shonna Froebel
Made me realize my anger was coming out in ways I hadn't realized. Prompted changes now that I recognize what I'd been doing.
Dec 09, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing
Answered many questions I had about the origins of anger and how to effectively manage the emotion.
Jun 05, 2009 Ronald rated it it was amazing
Very good will help you pause before you put your foot in you mouth
Jul 30, 2009 Philippa rated it it was amazing
This is a very good book and good resource.
Marcia Carr
Jul 29, 2013 Marcia Carr rated it liked it
Kinda long winded. some helpful info.
Mar 01, 2010 Jayne rated it did not like it
Jul 15, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!
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“People like Steve can learn to address anger constructively. For instance, requests can be made for appropriate treatment without the request turning into an opportunity to belittle or intimidate. Boundaries and stipulations can be established even as the offending person is treated with dignity. The experience of anger not only does not have to become a springboard for foul treatment, it can actually prompt someone to stand up for needs and convictions in a positive manner.” 1 likes
“Angry people may appear strong, willful, or certain, but be assured that beneath the veneer are fear and loneliness and insecurity and pain. Especially, there is pain.” 1 likes
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