An Assertive Anger Expression Group
Guide for Kids and Teens
(Published 2011) 216 Pages
Author: Signe Whitson
Anger is a normal human emotion. The book, How to Be Angry by Signe Whitson, is an effective workbook that will empower parents, school crisis counselors, and mental health workers with the needed tools to teach younger children and teens how to assertively express their anger. Frankly, as an adult you too will recognize yourself in some of the real-life scenarios mentioned in the book.
Why is this book so practical?
Life is full of challenges whether you are an adult or a child. With the increased reports of bullying and violence in our schools, it is apparent that our children may be lacking the needed skills to cope with their emotions and feelings, including anger. The following list covers some of the points of discussion in the book you may find helpful when dealing with anger:
- identify life triggers vs. personal triggers
- identify the four major styles of anger expression
- discusses self-defeating patterns
- gives guidelines for assertive self-expression (very practical)
- gives guidelines on identifying and responding assertively
- helps your child learn how to say “no” when appropriate
Who may want to read How to Be Angry and use it?
How to Be Angry is a fifteen-session workbook that counselors and teachers can use in smaller groups of children and teens. Each session includes materials to be used along with specific instructions, subject of discussion, games, and targeted conclusions. Age-appropriate suggestions are also broken down for the counselor. Although the book is very specific in guidelines, it does allow for creativity and flexibility both for the instructor and the student.
How to Be Angry is a must read for all parents. Each session includes a section entitled “Notes for Parents.” Although most of the sessions are geared to a group format, any parent can easily incorporate the great information in this book into their daily family routine. Help your child to learn the meaning of “too powerful to provoke.” Help your child to identify a bully and how to assertively respond. Patterns of how to handle anger are established early in childhood. How to Be Angry will help you to identify the four major styles of expressing anger. With an open dialogue within the family you can help your son or daughter express themselves in a healthy and positive manner that will also respect the rights and needs of others.
Conclusion: Much pain and unhappiness can be avoided when anger is expressed appropriately with respect to others and their needs. However, dire consequences can and do occur when anger is aggressively expressed or hidden. This book will help you to identify the skills necessary to help those you love and those you may work with on a professional level to handle their anger. As a bonus, you may even find some “eye-openers” into your own behavior.
Great job of writing to the author, Signe Whitson. You can purchase this book on Amazon Here.
Reviewer’s Disclaimer: How to Be Angry was a complimentary copy I used for this review. It is now part of my personal library. I received no monetary compensation from the author or publisher that influenced this review.