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Outsmarting Anger: 7 Strategies for Defusing Our Most Dangerous Emotion by Leigh Devine, Joseph Shrand

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CHAPTER 1

A Glimpse into the Angry Brain

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

—Chinese proverb

Many years ago, before I went to medical school, I had the chance to visit New York City, a much bigger city than Boston, my hometown. I marveled at the skyscrapers and the density of noise and people. I recall walking down the street feeling the energy and excitement of the place. My eyes wandered for a moment and made contact with another person standing in front of a building. He was taller and more muscular than I, wearing a white tank-top shirt that seemed to purposely display his gym-jacked arms and shoulders.

“What you looking at?” he sneered.

In the blink of an eye, my brain registered that this ...

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