The Anger Toolkit: Quick Tools To Manage Intense Emotions and Keep Your Cool

New Harbinger. Feb. 2023. 128p. ISBN 9781648481338. pap. $16.95. SELF-HELP
This highly accessible volume is for those who need help to get control over their emotions. Most people have said or done something they later regret. In the heat of anger, they may not know how to control themselves to keep these regrets to a minimum. To help readers get the upper hand on their emotions, the authors, a team of anger experts, psychologists, and therapists, take on the issue in four chapters: “Get Anger Relief ASAP,” “Understanding Your Anger,” Detaching Yourself From Anger,” and “Treating Yourself In a Positive Way.” Offering an evidence-based approach, the authors provide anger-cooling skills, exercises, and suggestions. All of these are evidence-based treatments relying upon cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies and neurological sciences. Readers will learn how to understand their anger, what triggers this emotion, how to recognize the early signs, learn how to manage them, and how to be kind to oneself in the process. In each chapter, there are multiple suggestions to help gain control over one’s emotions.

CORRECTION: This review originally misspelled Matthew McKay’s last name. LJ regrets the error.

VERDICT Best suited for those interested in self-help, psychology, and social work.
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