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

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CHAPTER 2

Recognize Rage

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

—Confucius (551–479 BC)

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.

—Aristotle (384 BC–322 BC)

Eight-year old Billy was playing a board game with nine-year old Jenny, and he could see that she was cheating. But she wouldn’t admit it. At stake was a cool prize, a book about orangutans, Billy’s favorite animal. As the game proceeded, his face began to redden, and sweat appeared on his brow. His muscles seemed to tense and expand under his T-shirt. The excitement on his face had long since faded. Now his nose was wrinkled, his eyebrows were furrowed, and his lips formed a perfect snarl. When Jenny cheated ...

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