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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Changing Old Habits for Good by G. Alan Marlatt, Deborah S. Romaine

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Chapter 16
Anger and Resentment
In This Chapter
• How your brain processes anger
• The potential harm of unresolved anger
• The many expressions of anger
• Getting a grip on your anger
Anger arises from feeling afraid and helpless. Things happen that we can’t control, which could hurt us—in little ways or big ways. Our inability to control these things scares us. But we can’t act scared; we can’t show fear. That makes us vulnerable to even more hurt. Other people might take advantage of us in our moments of weakness—and we can’t have that.
Or so we believe. But when it comes right down to it, anger makes us most vulnerable to that which truly will take advantage in a heartbeat: our old habits. Anger is enough of an issue on its own and can even ...

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