When Anger Hurts

Quieting the Storm Within

About the Course:

While anger can serve vital functions to protect and defend the integrity of the self, it is too frequently an instrument that destroys and abuses. This book is a complete, step-by-step guide to changing habitual anger-generating thoughts while developing healthier, more effective ways of meeting your needs.

This book guides you through the process of creating your own personal intervention strategy for controlling angry impulses. Learn about the “two-stage” model of anger production. Find out how to recognize pre-existing stress-producing conditions that often lead to angry moments without directly causing them. When you work through the exercises and lessons in this book, you will immediately see positive change in every aspect of your life.


New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Publication Date:

© 2003 / Second Edition


Matthew McKay, Ph.D.; Peter D. Rogers, Ph.D.; Judith McKay, RN

About the Authors:

Matthew McKay, Ph.D., is the codirector of Families in Transition and the Haight Ashbury Psychological Services in San Francisco. He is coauthor of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Thoughts and Feelings, Messages, The Divorce Book, and Self-Esteem. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In private practice, he specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety, anger, and depression.

Peter D. Rogers, Ph.D., is the administrative director of the Haight Ashbury Psychological Services. A retired psychotherapist, and former chief of the chemical dependency program at Kaiser Permanente, he is also the coauthor of three popular self-help books.

Judith McKay, RN, received her BS in nursing at California State University, Hayward. Currently she works on an inpatient medical oncology unit at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about cognitive behavioral strategies for managing anger. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Create a personal intervention strategy for controlling angry impulses.

  2. Recognize anger-triggering thoughts and challenge them.

  3. Control anger-generating stress.

  4. Recognize the early warning signals of anger and cool down before things get really hot.

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