The ACT Workbook for Anger
Manage Emotions and Take Back Your Life with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
A much-needed, comprehensive program for managing anger in a world of triggers, trolls, and outrage.
Everyone gets angry from time to time. Anger is a natural human emotion, but it can often boil over and wreak havoc in your personal and professional life. If you struggle with chronic, uncontrollable anger, you need help now—especially in these times of increasing volatility. This workbook can get you started.
Written by renowned acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) experts, The ACT Workbook for Anger offers a comprehensive anger management program designed especially for navigating the current social and political climate. You’ll discover the secret to unlocking your capacity for acceptance, mindfulness, kindness, and compassion. You’ll also learn to apply these newfound skills to break anger’s stranglehold so you can pause, take a deep breath, and create the space you need to react in a more thoughtful way.
Managing anger has never been more challenging. Everywhere you look, people are on edge and volatile. This book will show you how to navigate these challenging times with kindness and compassion for yourself and others.
“Written by two master clinicians with decades of experience, this is a compassionate, science-based approach to responding effectively to anger. Many of the strategies we use to try to ‘control’ or avoid anger end up backfiring, further increasing pain and shame. Instead, this workbook offers practical tools that will help you understand anger and develop the skills needed to live in line with your values, even when anger is present.”~Jenna LeJeune, PhD
—Jenna LeJeune, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist; president of Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center; peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer; and coauthor of Values in Therapy
“This is not yet another hokey book on how to get rid of anger. Instead, we learn that anger is something we all experience. It is part of being human, not something to be ashamed of. Armed with this pivotal insight—and armed with their own personal histories of growing up around anger—the authors do a masterful job of taking us on a scientifically based, step-by-step exploration of the inner workings of our anger, and how we can both welcome it and manage it to our lasting benefit. If you have ever felt your anger is over the top, or felt helpless to do anything about it, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.”~Kirk Strosahl, PhD
—Kirk Strosahl, PhD, cofounder of ACT, and coauthor of The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression
“Two of our most tender voices in ACT, Robyn and Manuela, have created a guide to show us the way from ‘anger is bad’ to ‘anger is interesting’. Brief, and packed with powerful exercises, this book is a must for both suppressors and those who act out. Read it and learn to be sweet to yourself (and your vulnerability) as you do what matters.”~Patricia Robinson, PhD
—Patricia Robinson, PhD, director of training at Mountainview Consulting, director of innovation at Interprofessional Primary Care Institute of Oregon, and coauthor of The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression and The Depression Toolkit
“In this clear, engaging, and deeply useful book, Walser and O’Connell have created a truly unique offering. TheACT Workbook for Anger masterfully guides us to a compassionate understanding of why we struggle with anger, and offers powerful tools to help those who struggle with this challenging emotion—not by trying to control our anger or shaming ourselves for having it, but by deeply engaging with what is most important to us. A vital resource for all who struggle with anger, and for those who seek to help them. Highly recommended!”~Russell Kolts, PhD
—Russell Kolts, PhD, professor of psychology at Eastern Washington University, and author of The Compassionate Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger and CFT Made Simple
“Superficially, anger is something that must be controlled, but that only applies to angry behavior. Anger the emotion can be a wise companion, helping you to see your own fears and vulnerabilities from a place of genuine self-compassion. That is what this well-written and wise book will teach you how to do. If you’ve caused terrible pain for yourself or those you love by acting out of anger, freezing in place in the face of anger, losing your boundaries, or hiding from yourself to suppress anger, it’s time to learn how to relate to this basic human emotion in a new way. Pick up this book and begin.”~Steven C. Hayes, PhD
—Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Nevada Foundation Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno; and originator and codeveloper of ACT
“Repeated anger behavior can damage our lives, our families’ lives, and even our larger community/culture. The ACT Workbook for Anger offers transformative processes to change anger-driven behavior into values-based actions, to accept angry feelings and thoughts without turning them into attacks, and to replace anger judgements with compassion and forgiveness. Highly recommended.”~Matthew McKay, PhD
—Matthew McKay, PhD, coauthor of ACT on Life Not on Anger and When Anger Hurts