1) Anger Is An Affliction.
There is a great deal of confusion about what anger is. Some experience anger as strength, power or courage. This is a lie anger tells us. Basically, anger is a toxin that infects all parts of our body, minds and spirits and responsible for all kinds of illness and misery.
2) Anger Camouflages Itself.
It is crucial to realize that anger finds many ways to camouflage itself and go underground in our lives, causing confusion and upset. Unrecognized anger turns into all kinds of physical symptoms, personality traits and unwanted behavior. The Anger Diet traces 24 forms of anger and shows where they come from, how they manifest and why. Once you are aware of what's going on, you have the power to stop anger from running your life.
3) Anger Can Become An Addiction
Many people are addicted to the temporary high they receive from anger. Feelings of anger can provide a false sense of strength, power, and righteousness. When angry, we seldom wonder if we are right or wrong, but feel justified and take immediate action. What we do not realize is that, like any addiction, after the rush wears off, there are many negative consequences of behavior performed in anger. Also, addictions escalate. Soon we need more and more anger to feel as we did in the beginning.
4) We Can Choose Our Responses.
Rather than "react" blindly, we can "choose" to respond. This is the meaning of responsibility. We can choose to un-do the grip anger has on our lives. We can choose not to intensify anger by responding in kind. We can choose to really do The Anger Diet.
5) We Are Not Hurt By What People Do Or Say.
We are not hurt by what people do or say, but by the way we "interpret" what's happening. Although we cannot control what others do or say, we can always control the way we interpret what is going on.
6) Anger Tells Us Lies
Anger speaks with the voice of the serpent, deceiving and telling lies. Here are some examples of the lies anger tells us:...