By Ronald T. Potter-Efron, MSW, Ph.D.
Do you or someone you care about experience episodes of extreme and unpredictable anger? Intense rages that threaten relationships, jobs, property – or worse?
The first thing you need to know is that you are not alone. Researchers estimate that some 7 percent of Americans may at some time experience a condition called intermittent explosive disorder (IED), which is characterized by recurrent periods of extraordinary anger, and millions more have less frequent yet equally damaging experiences with rage.
The second thing you need to know is that there is help. Rage can be calmed and controlled with good advice and a practical, effective plan for change.
From renowned anger expert Ronald Potter-Efron, this book breaks down rage into four types:
- In survival rage, anger is triggered by a sense of danger or threat
- Feelings of helplessness can trigger impotence rage
- Abandonment rage is triggered by a fear of losing a cherished relationship
- Shame rage occurs when the person feels very disrespected
In classic Potter-Efron style, the book places the responsibility for control squarely on the shoulders of the angry individual. There is no room in this dangerous situation for “whys” and “becauses.” Instead, the book offers no-nonsense, step-by-step anger management tools that really work.