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Overcoming Anger in Your Relationship: How to Break the Cycle of Arguments, Put-Downs, and Stony Silences
W. Robert Nay, PhD
The Guilford Press / Softcover / 2010-05-01 / 1606232835
Anger (Self Help) / Relationships (Self Help)
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246 pages
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Anger can gain a foothold in the most loving relationship, eroding intimacy and making those on the receiving end wonder how much more they can take. From anger expert Dr. Robert Nay—who has helped thousands of individuals and couples learn new ways of resolving conflicts—this straight-talking book provides clear-cut, practical techniques for dealing with a partner's unacceptable expressions of anger. Readers learn how their usual responses may unwittingly reward bad behavior and how to stand up for themselves in ways that promote lasting change. Self-quizzes and step-by-step problem-solving strategies for different types of angry behavior are illustrated with true-to-life examples. Dr. Nay includes essential tips for putting safety first and determining when to seek professional help.

"I loved this book. It's a powerful tool for understanding anger and its effects on relationships. I have applied some of the techniques and suggestions offered by Dr. Nay in my own personal life and have found them to be very effective."—Sandra, nurse, Maryland

"There are lots of books for angry people, but too few for people who have to deal with someone else's anger! This is a wise and practical guide to one of the thorniest problems in couple relationships. Dr. Nay shows how to change your own response to your partner's anger and feel better about yourself."—William J. Doherty, PhD, author of Take Back Your Marriage

I. Five Steps to Change in Your Relationship
1. Understanding and Confronting Anger: The Promise of Change
2. Recognizing How Anger Is Pulling Your Strings
3. Creating New Boundaries—Expecting New Behavior
4. Identifying the Thinking Patterns That Keep You Stuck
5. Taking New Actions and Getting Better Outcomes
II. Overcoming the Different "Faces" of Anger
6. Loud, Impatient, and "Over the Top": Confronting Hostility
7. When Words Do Hurt: Rejecting Sarcasm and Verbal Abuse
8. Threats and Beyond: Staying Off the Slippery Slope of Physical Abuse
9. Passive Anger: What to Do When It Seems Harmless but Feels Harmful
III. Making Boundaries Stick
10. Coping with the Expected and Preparing for the Unknown
Appendix: Daily Log
Suggested Resources

About the Author:
W. Robert Nay, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in McLean, Virginia, and Annapolis, Maryland, and Clinical Associate Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has trained thousands of mental health professionals nationwide to work on anger management and relationship issues with their clients. Dr. Nay lives in Annapolis with his wife.

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