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Transcending Anger Book Reviews
[By Susan Elizabeth Barton]
From the start, I knew Transcending Anger was no ordinary self-help book. Author, Charles Dittell comes across as someone who practices what he preaches. This story in the book's opening chapter, The Cherokee Story of Two Wolves, had me hooked from the start:
"One day an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside each of us. He said, "Little one, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, and arrogance. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, and compassion. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?" The old Cherokee replied, "The one you feed."
Charles Dittell explains the difference between managing anger and transcending anger. Once you understand the difference, you'll see how much more advantageous and desirable the latter is.
Anger is a truly harmful emotion with a variety of negative results. When we react to frustrating situations with anger, we run the risk of experiencing a host of difficulties: health issues and illness, job loss (which in turn can affect our financial situation), relationship problems, and the very real possibility of reducing our chances of realizing our life goals. Transcending Anger addresses all of these negative aspects, and much more.
Transcending Anger isn't a long, drawn out, expensive manual. It's never boring or technical. It's a manageable, engaging and concise how-to booklet, which can be put to constructive use immediately. The worksheets are an invaluable resource to be used for personal assessment and progress tracking. Additionally, and despite the name, Transcending Anger isn't just for transcending anger either; Charles Dittell explains how once the techniques are implemented successfully, they can be easily used to transcend other negative behaviors.
Charles Dittell has also graciously included a thorough reference section at the end of the book, which contains an extensive list of additional resources, should the reader be interested in pursuing them.
I can't say enough about Transcending Anger. I'm so glad I found it. Charles Dittell certainly knows his stuff. He does an excellent job of clearly explaining how important, yet easy, it is to rid ourselves of the damaging effects of anger once and for all. Mr. Dittell uses an assortment of information to explain his techniques. Living a more positive, happy life is important for individuals, as well as for society as a whole. Transcending Anger gives us the tools needed to achieve this.
[By Tom in Florida]
I have always thought that I couldn't control my anger, that it was just part of who I was as a person. In my family we would just say I have an "Irish Temper" and when I would fly off the handle I just accepted that. I didn't hurt anybody physically and I didn't break things so I thought I was okay. A friend of mine who works in mental health told me one day that I had anger issues, and I said that it was just part of who I was. "But it's not" he said and told me about this book. This book helped me to understand not only what I was feeling but how to deal with my feelings as well. It was like
somebody hit me with a pail of bricks because all of a sudden my eyes were opened and I started to understand things. I might not have been hurting people physically but I was emotionally and it had been destructive to my personal relationships. If you have been letting your anger get in the way of having a good life then this book is well worth the few dollars you will pay. The author has my highest regard.
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