Book review

Review of The Anger Habit by Carl Semmelroth

The Anger Habit: Proven Principles to Calm the Stormy Mind
The Anger Habit: Proven Principles to Calm the Stormy Mind by Carl Semmelroth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book isn’t one to offer recommendations to fix your anger problem. The title is misleading in this. Instead it offer insight as to what is causing your anger. Both Carl Semmelroth and Donald Smith hold a Ph.D. and practice Psychology. They believe that anger is caused by the desire to control another person or thing. Of course, you cannot control others. Therefore, you become angry and lose your tempter because the people or things do not do what you wish. This slowly builds and eventually you stop thinking logically and respond emotionally (i.e. blow up or tantrum). The idea to watch for the small things that bother you and try to control less.

The authors use letters to clients to help explain feelings and thoughts that increase our anger. The book is more about understanding the different forms anger can take on in a person’s life. This is not a self-help book because it does not offer specific ways to deal with your anger. It does, however, provoke thoughts on how anger appears and runs rapid in your life. I recommend this book if you have an anger problem because if you are willing to be open, you may see a few things that increase your anger. The clearest principle in this book is stop trying to control everything and decrease the self talk. They just don’t add the how. I guess you have to figure that out yourself.

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