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“This landmark book” (San Francisco Chronicle) dispels the common myths about the causes and uses of anger— for example, that expressing anger is always. Dr. Carol Tavris expertly examines every facet of that fascinating emotion—from genetics to stress to the rage for revised and updated, Anger: The. “This landmark book” (San Francisco Chronicle) dispels the common myths about the causes and uses of anger — for example, that expressing anger is always.

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Write a customer review. Her calm approach to a volatile subject is a welcome tonic for our times.

N S rated it liked it Feb 17, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Darwin was a brilliant ethologist, but a poor psychologist. Janice Lewis rated it liked it Jan 29, Over the centuries, the pendulum of opinion has slowly swung to the Qvistian position, a result of profound changes in our attitudes about the nature of humankind. In she began writing a column for Skeptic under the heading The Gadfly. She explains what’s wrong and why with a number of popular notions about anger, some of which are even held by many clinical psychologists, anfer as “ventilation” and certain efforts at catharsis.

ANGER: The Misunderstood Emotion by Carol Tavris | Kirkus Reviews

Freud penetrated the Victorian veneer of manners, to be sure; but, like prudes at a peep show, he was inclined to see more than was there. In what may be the most relevant chapter, Tavris debunks popular views of catharsis. Having once believed in ideals of stoicism and suffering in silence, current popular thinking is that expressing anger in its full force is the only way to discharge it; otherwise, it will supposedly come out in other, more insidious forms.

It seems that as grown-ups we have to be responsible people without having PMS or alcohol or whatever to blame for the fog that covers so conveniently our brains sometimes: I don’t believe there is a quick fix for anger issues. Open Preview See a Problem? Terrified equally of flying and falling, it does not budge, but whimpers piteously. To ask other readers questions about Angerplease sign up.

Borrowing heavily from Hermann von Helmholtz’s principle of the conservation of energy, Freud imagined that the libido was a finite amount of energy tafris powers our internal battles.

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Very insightful- talks about the social aspects of anger, which I had never thought about. Preview — Anger by Carol Tavris. Are you solidly aware that the purpose of warm, healthy anger is to deliver an affective emotional message cqrol order to clear the air and tabris make corrections and reparations if necessary?


It doesn’t solve anything, but I do feel much better. It is an understandable mistake, for ambivalence about anger permeates our society.

One friend of mine, a forty-year-old businesswoman, illustrates perfectly our culture’s conflict about anger. Freud described repression as the pathogenic process that produces neurotic symptoms; psychoanalysis was designed to counteract these symptoms by bringing repressed material into consciousness.

Sex Differences in Perspective and an introductory textbook, Psychology. In The Angry Book, Rubin warns us, without supporting data, of the familiar dangers that await those who bottle up their anger or who “twist it” or “pervert it”.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Feb 23, Greg Collver rated it really liked it. I finally gave up wading through it. You may even decide retrospectively to get angry, which is the “more I thought about it, the madder I got” phenomenon.