The Healing Power Of Anger

The Healing Power Of Anger

by John R. Rifkin

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Conventional wisdom views anger as red-hot yelling and screaming, a force to be feared and repressed. But psychotherapist John Rifkin views anger in a revolutionary way -- as the natural energy created to heal one's emotional injuries. In "The Healing Power of Anger," Rifkin explains how to identify dysfunctional uses of anger so that readers can "unbend" it and become empowered and self-nurturing. To do so, he explains his Stop, Drop, and Roll system, which he's used with clients for more than 20 years. In addition, Rifkin explores the childhood roots of anger, the spectrum of angry behavior, how anger can be a gift to a relationship, and ice-cold passive-aggressive anger.

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ISBN-13: 9781931044820
Publisher: Cosimo
Publication date: 11/01/2004
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Rifkin writes with simplicity, gentle clarity and a deep understanding about the healing possibilities as a result of accepting and learning about the purpose of anger. Anger has been perhaps the most unaccepted, misunderstood and feared feeling up until now. In 'The Healing Power of Anger' John offers realistic and useable ways to befriend and make use of anger in healthy ways. He brilliantly teaches us how to change our minds about the negative ways we have viewed the powerful life force energy we call anger. Changing our minds about anger can change our relationships and change our lives. This is a must read for all humans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Dr. Rifkin explains clearly how to use anger as a process of healing. Through exercises, a lot of examples and his technique of 'Stop', 'Drop', and 'Roll', he shows the reader how to work step by step through an episode of anger. This is an excellent and easy to use technique to transform anger constructively. I highly recommend this book, he not only cover anger and how to transform it to your benefit, but he also covers the roots of anger, addictions, intimacy with others, depression and more. The healing Power of Anger will help you to see anger as a gift to transform your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world--but some relief may be in sight. With the publication of 'The Healing Power of Anger: The Unexpected Path to Love and Fulfillment,' readers learn not only how to work with their anger--but how to make anger work in their lives. Author and clinical psychologist Dr. John Rifkin has embarked upon an innovative and comprehensive study of this red-hot emotion, resulting in a useful and powerful read. His book taps into the roots and sources of anger, presenting a clear foundation of where our anger comes from, what fuels it, and what to do when this happens. By his own definition, Dr. Rifkin sees anger as 'the natural healing energy that the body produces in response to an injury. If anger isn't used to fix what is hurting you, it wil be 'bent' into some dysfunctional use of your anger. Bent anger, then, means anger which is dysfunctional.' To unbend anger, Dr. Rifkin employs a revolutionary three-step 'stop, drop and roll' technique,, empowering clients to recognize and take charge of the emotion before it takes charge of them. This method, supported by examples to effectively illustrate its use, has been met with success in the psychologist's own practice, as well as by readers everywhere. Dr. Rifkin also cites real-life cases where clients have struggled with rage and anger, only to dig deep enough to uncover the true source of their pain: past open wounds. By presenting these stories in all their vulnerable, honest light, readers are easily invited to connect and empathize with the examples--recognition being vital to any journey for self realization and improvement. Densely researched, Dr. Rifkin delves into all areas where anger can manifest itself--anxieties, mood disorders, addictions--and the insidious, twisting path of unresolved emotion. Anger is not necessarily a bad thing, no--but it is a wake up call that something is not being addressed, an alarm clock to tell us it is time to look at what is hurting. Dr. Rifkin has compiled a compelling piece of work, a guide for better living in these highly-conflicted times. Anger will always be a part of our lives, for better or worse. With this book, it doesn't have to get worse--we can learn how to make it better. A must-read for inhabitants of today's planet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Rifkin¿s book, The Healing Power of Anger: The Unexpected Path to Love and Fulfillment, can be a very useful conceptual tool for laymen and professional therapists alike. Rifkin makes a fairly complex relationship¿anger and love¿understandable and even effective. He explains how anger responses developed during childhood can continue to influence our adult reactions to relationship issues. He discusses how anger, which is usually seen as a destructive emotional response, can also be a positive response. He provides numerous useful anecdotes from his many years of clinical practice. These anecdotes are very helpful in seeing how anger can be used positively to develop strong relationships. Finally, Rifkin suggests a therapeutic process he terms ¿Stop, Drop and Roll¿ ¿ related to the advice if one¿s clothes are on fire¿to control and channel the destructive fire of anger. All in all, this is a book well worth reading and having as a resource. Ronald G. Taylor, Retired Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an incredibly easy to read and helpful book. It takes the shame out of anger while helping you to direct the energy in more functional ways in your life. It is helpful both for individuals as well as being very beneficial for relationships. It is positively inspiring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are trying to deal with a completely annoying person, Dr. Rifkin's book, *The Healing Power of Anger* describes many practical approaches to using anger positively. The book contains many ideas that are useful to ordinary people who are trying to deal with a problemmatic or abusive person in their lives. The suggestions are clear and simple to understand and suitable for a wide range of situations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Rifkin has reconceptualized anger from an emotion of hostility to one of healing. He guides the reader through the process of identifying the source and triggers of one's anger as well as how to apply that understanding in order to achieve an intimacy with both self and others. I've had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Rifkin discuss his book and the presentation is an excellent complement to his written word. His manner of underlying the components of his 'Stop, Drop and Roll' system is concise, articulate and comprehensive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a powerful book. It has transformed my understanding and ability to channel anger into healing pathways. Dr.John Rifkin's thirty years of therapeutic practice contributes to the powerful insights and wisdom he is able to share with us. It is a must read for all of my students and clients!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When people think about anger, images of violence, yelling, and screaming often come to mind. What doesn't usually come to mind are images of healing. Dr. Rifkin has set out to change that. In his recently published book, 'The Healing Power of Anger,' John Rifkin argues that anger is the unexpected path to love and fulfillment in life. I first met John at a presentation he was giving in Denver, Colorado. I have to admit that at first, I was somewhat skeptical about his ideas. Placing 'Anger' and 'Healing' together sounded more like a gimmick than a sound philosophy. However, the more I heard him speak about his revelations from working with clients for over two decades, the more his ideas began to resonate with me. In his book, he takes great strides to make his ideas accessible to both professionals, and non-professionals. Whereas some psychological and self-help authors try to weave elaborate formulas and steps to well-being, John chooses to keep his methods as simple and easy to understand as possible. This couldn't be more clear than with his unique 'Stop, Drop, and Roll plan' to 'unbend' anger. He writes: 'The idea of 'bent anger' may seem kind of strange. Consider, however, my definition of anger: the natural healing energy that the body produces in response to an injury. If anger isn't used to fix what is hurting you, it will be 'bent' into some dysfunctional use of your anger. Bent anger, then, means anger which is dysfunctional. The Stop, Drop, and Roll technique will help you redirect your anger...' '...I call my system Stop, Drop, and Roll because it's easy to remember, and it's what you're supposed to do when you are on fire. Before you can Stop, Drop, and Roll, however, you first have to notice that you are on fire.' John then discusses in depth what it means to recognize that you're on fire, and offers concrete examples of how to cope and heal from that injury. One of my favorite sections in his book deals with anxiety. In particular, anxiety as a result of fear and anger, and fear and anger as a result of injury. He offers helpful techniques to understand and better cope with anxiety. Further on in his book, he delves into the relationship between anger and mood disorders, addiction, and intimacy. Showing step-by-step how anger can be used to understand and heal emotional injuries. The next to last chapter focuses on healing the hole in your heart. He reviews and consolidates the methods discussed throughout the book, and presents practical approaches to healing. The last chapter sets a realistic tone to his entire message, which is 'Do Whatever It Takes.' Do whatever it takes to become committed to change, do whatever it takes to regain and experience emotional intimacy, and do whatever it takes to heal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On its way to the bestsellers list. This is the most insightful, intelligent, and practical analysis of anger I have ever come across. John Rifkin is onto something. His Stop, Drop, and Roll technique will change your life. A must-read if you suffer from anxiety or depression. Beautifully written, well paced, logically organized, helpful metaphors, an easy read. Perhaps the only advice on anger to date that is of any use to anyone who seeks real and lasting change in their relationships.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Rifkin's examination of the dynamics of anger brings a whole new dimension to this frightening emotion. Anger is nearly always destructive to those who hold it, and to those upon whom it is unleashed. But with Dr. Rifkin's thoughtful insights on this old emotion, we can turn anger into an opportunity to become closer, trustful, and more intimate with those who make us angry. This book, while surprisingly simple, brings the power to transform one's life into one which works much better for the reader and those who interact with him/her. I wish I had read this book years ago.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Boulder psychotherapist with 29 years of experience, John Rifkin¿s book, ¿The Healing Power of Anger¿ is one of immeasurable value. The premise of the book, that anger contains energy that can be used to empower you and fix what¿s hurting you, is brilliant! He weaves real life case examples throughout the book to illustrate the practical application of this concept. You won¿t regret reading this book ¿ it will challenge your previous assumptions and could change your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Rifkin's book is a very helpful source for people dealing with Anger issues. I found it personal and touching. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to know more about the psychology and the dymanics of their emotions.