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The Dance of Anger

A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships
Written by: Harriet Lerner
Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Self-Help, Motivational
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Publisher's Summary

Anger is something we feel. It exists for a reason and always deserves our respect and attention. We all have a right to everything we feel - and certainly our anger is no exception.

"Anger is a signal and one worth listening to," writes Dr. Harriet Lerner in her renowned classic that has transformed the lives of millions. While anger deserves our attention and respect, women still learn to silence our anger, to deny it entirely, or to vent it in a way that leaves us feeling helpless and powerless. In this engaging and eminently wise book, Dr. Lerner teaches both women and men to identify the true sources of anger and to use it as a powerful vehicle for creating lasting change.

For decades this book has helped millions of listeners learn how to turn their anger into a constructive force for reshaping their lives. With a new introduction by the author, The Dance of Anger is ready to lead the next generation.

©1985 Harriet G. Lerner (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

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A must-have day-to-day guide!

Love, love, love this book!
I was really upset with how some of my relatives treated me, and a friend suggested this book.
I learned that me feeling upset is a signal to action. The action is also very well explained in "The Dance of Anger".
In essence, in all your relationships, you are performing a dance with another person or persons. If you change your steps, they must change theirs! And this works! It helped me in my relationships, and I continue applying the concepts that I've learned from this book to my life.
I suggest this book to anyone who is not happy (feels upset or angry) in their relationships with spouses, parents, children, bosses, etc.
This is a step-by-step guide to YOU getting a better understanding of YOUR problems and goals and to working to resolve these problems and achieving these goals.
There are plenty of examples and explanations.
I am listening to this book for the 2nd time now, and am going to keep it handy and listen parts of it again, as needed.

Just note: Chapter 1 begins with some radical feminist opinions. You may disregard those if you don't agree. They don't affect the value of the lessons taught in this book.

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Fantastic book and perspective

Considering this is a book written in the 80s, and to some the ideas might seem irrelevant of the times and antiquated, I found it to be profoundly insightful and timeless to the role our anger plays in our life’s. It is clear that as women we still struggle to maintain our assertiveness when it comes to our emotions without falling into extreme patterns.
I found the tools expressed in every chapter will give me greater perspective in dealing with my own emotional turmoil and sharing those emotions in a more constructive way. I will be listening again.

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I was skeptical but...

I really loved and gain a lot from this book. Will definitely read again. #Audible1

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Love it

This book opened my eyes up to so many things that I was unaware of what I do, what my family members do and how we interact with one another.

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  • Mallin
  • 2018-05-18

Quick, concise, tactics and a good narrator

I've never left a review before. I'll first talk about the book, without trying to give away anything (read it!), and then the narrator.

BOOK: This book is really awesome. I'm not a fan of reading self help books, I find them preachy, repetitive, and drawn out. This was the exact opposite. The book was written like a good paper: tell them what you're going to tell them, explain it in detail, summarize what you've told them. She goes over what the book will do and what it won't do. Then she goes into it, providing ONE example. Towards the end, she introduces a new concept. Before she delves into the new concept, she summarizes everything you've just learned, gives a different spin on the example, and tells you what chapter to go back to if you need more help. She then reintroduces the new topic and explores that further. It was very clear, and very quick.

NARRATOR: She did an awesome job. SUPERB. I loved listening to her. I actually thought she was the author because she spoke so authoritatively. She didn't try to get fancy and come up with voices/accents for each character the author noticed. In fact, I did not appreciate how wonderful of a job she did until I started listening to the "Why Won't You Apologize" book by the same author, narrated horribly by someone else. Barbara Caruso did such a good job, I'm going to look for other books narrated by her. But for this self-help book, her ability to speak so clearly and authoritatively really just drove home all the points the author made. It was a wonderful combination.

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  • Two Cents
  • 2016-12-11

Great Material, delivery feels dated

I read this for a class and it was an ideal supplement to my other class texts. The material is good, sometimes the delivery sounds dated. Great read for a man or woman.

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  • Knight
  • 2017-07-05

Learn to benefit from power of anger!

Helpful for either gender, and for any relationships. Dr. Lerner explains how we can break the cycle of blaming in a relationship.

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  • Maribe Z.
  • 2017-07-18

Most helpful self help book ever!

Any additional comments?

I originally read this book 20 years ago, and recently felt the need to revisit it. I downloaded the audio book (long commute) and found it just as helpful. The narrator was excellent, and I love the stories and different examples of how to put the advice into play. I only wish that there were a non gender specific version for reluctant men, because the advice given does bridge the gender gap if one is able to "hear" past the she/her narrative.

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  • Danielle D.
  • 2017-03-17

Read it now

So much practical advice and examples help learn your part in your relationships and how to change yourself to change the dynamic

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  • Johnny Newell
  • 2019-08-11

even as a man I loved this book.

highly recommend this . So much insight not only for women, but for anyone. I am thankful my wife recommended that I listen.

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  • Alex
  • 2019-02-12

Great Read!

Helps us understand our anger and emotions instead of feeling guilty about them. I loved the book.

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  • Meri Levy
  • 2018-10-22

Love the book, but the narrator is a bit clipped

I read this book in my 20s and it really changed my life. I enjoyed hearing it again. It has wonderful tools for changing your relationships.

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  • GI
  • 2018-07-27

A must read to manage your temper

the book gives good care studies of different types of situations where one can learn to manage anger while making oness point of view clear without antagonizing the other

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  • Michael Sabo
  • 2019-09-23

Reading this as a man, but nevertheless, I enjoyed

Hastily bought this book after reading an online article that I enjoyed by the author. At first all I saw was "The Dance of anger," and thought that was the entire title lol. regardless, I thought it was a good book and it will help me understand things from a womans point of view.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-09-20

loved it

Loved it! I hope that all my family members will agree to read this book!