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The Anger Fallacy Workbook: Practical Exercises for Overcoming Irritation, Frustration and Anger

Based on their ground-breaking book The Anger Fallacy, leading psychologists Ross Menzies and Steven Laurent have put together 35 simple, practical exercises to help rid your life of anger. In this workbook you will learn to:

  • find humour or gratitude in annoying situations
  • develop a more enlightened attitude to how people ‘should’ behave
  • ditch the bad habit of singling out one person to blame
  • discover the key to patience
  • and much, much more…

Using this workbook, either on your own or with a therapist, you can practice the anger management concepts from The Anger Fallacy, and learn to master anger, the most toxic of emotions.


  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Exercise 1: Anger Monitoring
  • Exercise 2: Identifying ‘Shoulds’
  • Exercise 3: Finding Alternatives to ‘Shoulds’
  • Exercise 4: Recognising the Arbitrariness and Silliness of Anger
  • Exercise 5: Finding Humour
  • Exercise 6: Mea Culpa — Apologising for Your Anger
  • Exercise 7: Explaining the Origin of Your ‘Shoulds’
  • Exercise 8: Explaining the Origin of Someone Else’s ‘Shoulds’
  • Exercise 9: Cultivating Gratitude
  • Exercise 10: Overcoming the Need for Fairness
  • Exercise 11: What Went Well Today?
  • Exercise 12: Identifying the Costs of Your Anger
  • Exercise 13: Identifying How Anger Interferes With Problem-Solving in Real Situations
  • Exercise 14: Nonuniversality of Ethics — Differences in law
  • Exercise 15: Nonuniversality of Ethics — the Case of Killing
  • Exercise 16: The Ugliness of Other People’s Anger
  • Exercise 17: The Ugliness of Your Own Anger
  • Exercise 18: Anger in Situations Beyond Your Control
  • Exercise 19: Your Own Anger in Situations Beyond Your Control
  • Exercise 20: Mindfulness — Living in The Moment
  • Exercise 21: Does the Scene Really Matter? Using the Memoirs Test
  • Exercise 22: Using a Responsibility Pie
  • Exercise 23: Change Your Attempts to Influence Those Around You
  • Exercise 24: In Other People’s Words
  • Exercise 25: Getting Into the Skin of the Other Person
  • Exercise 26: Compassion Visualisation
  • Exercise 27: Practising Patience
  • Exercise 28: Understanding Other People’s Interests and Activities
  • Exercise 29: Identifying With Both Sides
  • Exercise 30: The Egocentricity of Anger
  • Exercise 31: Anger as Frustrated Craving
  • Exercise 32: Being Servile for One Hour
  • Exercise 33: See Miscreants as Fascinating or Humorous Machines
  • Exercise 34: Look After the State of Your Organism
  • Exercise 35: Who Do You Wish To Become?

Author Bio:

Steven Laurent is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in treating psychiatric disorders. He is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Sydney, where he has taught on Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Drug and Alcohol Disorders. At present he works in private practice in the Inner West of Sydney. Steven completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology at UNSW, where his thesis centred on emotion perception in 'psychopaths'. Laurent's interest in anger arose in the 1990s during the completion of undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Formal Logic at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Ross G. Menzies has been providing cognitive-behaviour therapy for anxiety, depression, couples conflict and related issues for over two decades and is currently Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. He is an active researcher and currently holds over $5 million in national competitive research grants. He has produced four books, over 140 international journal manuscripts and book chapters and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and leading universities and institutions around the world. He continues to attract patients from across metropolitan Sydney, rural NSW, interstate and from overseas, with many individuals and families travelling thousands of kilometres to receive treatment at his private practice. The present book is his first major work on anger.

The Anger Fallacy Workbook: Practical Exercises for Overcoming Irritation, Frustration and Anger

Author: Steven Laurent

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