If you'd tried to control problem anger
before with little success, this book offers you a new approach to try.
Instead of asking you to struggle even harder with anger, this book
helps you to drop the rope in your tug-of-war with anger using a new set
of principles and techniques: acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
You'll start by learning how to accept your angry feelings as
they occur, without struggling to alter or impede them in any way. Then,
using techniques based in mindfulness practice, you'll find out how to
watch your anger without identifying with it. Value-identification
exercises help you decide what matters most to you and then commit to
short- and long-term goals that turn these values into reality. In the
process, anger simply loses power over your life-in the process, you'll
gain the most profound control, accomplished by simply letting go.
Georg H. Eifert, PhD, is professor emeritus of psychology and former associate dean of the School of Health and Life Sciences at Chapman University in Orange, CA. He is coauthor of The Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety and The Anorexia Workbook.