Why We Get Mad
How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change
by Dr Ryan Martin
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 12 Jan 2021 | Archive Date 5 Jan 2021
Watkins, Watkins Publishing
What is anger? Who is allowed to be angry? How can we manage our anger? How can we use it? It might seem like a day doesn't go by without some troubling explosion of anger, whether we're shouting at the kids, or the TV, or the driver ahead who's slowing us down. In this book, the first of its kind, Dr. Ryan Martin draws on 20 years plus of research, as well as his own childhood experience of an angry parent, to take an all-round view on this often-challenging emotion. It explains exactly what anger is, why we get angry, how our anger hurts us as well as those around us, and how we can manage our anger and even channel it into positive change. It also explores how race and gender shape society's perceptions of who is allowed to get angry.
Dr. Martin offers questionnaires, emotion logs, control techniques and many other tools to help readers understand better what pushes their buttons and what to do with angry feelings when they arise. It shows how to differentiate good anger from bad anger, and reframe anger from being a necessarily problematic experience in our lives to being a fuel that energizes us to solve problems, release our creativity and confront injustice.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 4 members
An interesting read that I personally found full of surprises! I love a good self-help book and Why We Get Mad is the best I’ve read in a while! Extremely helpful, I particularly enjoyed the chapters on managing and using healthy anger. Ryan writes in an easy to understand way without coming across as patronising (we’ve all read THOSE self-help books lol) and I think this will help a lot of people. :) 5/5
A comprehensive guide to anger, why we feel it, when it goes wrong, and what we can do with it. Informative, but never patronising, Ryan Martin uses his psychological knowledge and his real life experiences to walk even a novice reader through his thinking. The activities throughout the book were eye opening and could be very helpful. The focus on how race and gender impacts who gets to be angry was very interesting, and was an essential part of the book, as it got to the root of why sometimes we can see anger as such a problem. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to really understand anger, whether that is in a personal or professional context.