• Overcoming Anger and Irritability

  • A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
  • By: Dr William Davies
  • Narrated by: Dr William Davies
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this series of talks, clinical psychologist Dr. William Davies explores how anger and irritability affects us in different ways and sets out effective strategies to reduce feelings of irritability and become less angry.

This series of nine talks includes:

  • The nature of anger and irritability
  • How our brains sometimes work against us
  • Understanding your anger and irritability
  • Starting to make changes
  • Four techniques to help you think differently
  • Doing things differently
  • Changing the world around us
  • Overcoming anger and irritability case studies
  • Relaxation techniques

©2010 William Davies (P)2010 William Davies

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Simple and effective

Would you listen to Overcoming Anger and Irritability again? Why?

This book is not loaded with techniques to deal with your anger like deep breathing, it's more about noticing your anger and using your rational brain, instead of your primitive brain. By noticing your anger and shift in temperament by noting it in a journal, you get an idea of what sets you off. Just by noticing it and logging these things really helps. The book has much more details and examples and I have listened to it over and over again.

What about William Davies’s performance did you like?

The speaker has a great voice and accent that helped put me at ease.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the story about a person in prison for an act they committed while angry.

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To the point and easy to apply!

What made the experience of listening to Overcoming Anger and Irritability the most enjoyable?

Simple facts about how the body and brian works. It's scientific but simple in this audio book with a pleasant voice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Overcoming Anger and Irritability?

As humans we all possess the same hardware and it's how we use it :-)

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Diffidently some epiphanies and laughs!!

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Speaks Too Quickly

Speaker speaks too quickly. Love the overview and the techniques. Must listen at least 2 times.

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Great. I wish it was much longer!

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I really loved it and there was so much content in such a little time. I wanted to know so much more of what he was talking about, please write a longer, much longer book or audio. highly recommended.

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Short and simple

I loved that this book was free of jargon, had simple examples to follow yet packed a lot of different techniques.
One would def need to listen to it repeatedly and make notes to practice on the daily. But rather than using the contemporary method of “big psychology words” this book uses everyday examples to drive the points across. I felt like a really caring grandfather is giving me advice rather than a Dr. Telling me what to do.

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Short but helpful...

...in overcoming irritability. There are lots of useful tips, and I enjoyed listening to the author’s British accent.

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Good tools

not just for anger and irritability but for managing the day-to-day circumstances that may engulf your life. He gives great tools to be able to manage them and keep things in perspective

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Short, simple, real--doable--advice

All the advice was reasonable and doable. The reasoning behind the advice was explained, too.

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Awesome awesome book!

I already tried a few of the technics discussed and noticed my irritability has gone down and I am much more aware of my anger instances! I can't wait to fully implement all the techniques and be a better person. The voice is very clear, calm and friendly, perfectly suited for a book like this!

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  • JK
  • 08-19-19

Good tips to take away from reading this. Thanks!

Great hints and tips to use in the real world. After reading other similar books that were not very good, I personally was impressed by this one. It doesnt drag on to the point you switch off which was particularly helpful too!

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  • Puffin
  • 02-22-16

Fantastic!

I can highly recommend this book. It has been written by an experienced professional who has lots of useful and practical advice. It is also full of examples, stories and anecdotes - I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It has really challenged my core beliefs about anger and I think it will make a real difference to how I cope with angry feelings.

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  • stephen bennett
  • 06-21-22

Short informative advice

Clear simple advice.Not bogged down in scientific detail and long winded explanation
This seems to be a practical guideline for dealing with very common problems that affect so many of us I’m looking forward to putting its lessons to practice and the text is short enough to want to listen again if need be …which in my case is likely

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-22

A good starting place

Yes a short book but very concise and to the point, a good read for those with mild anger/irritability. Well worth a listen.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-14-21

Had me crying laughing!

The most sexist piece of writing I’ve ever heard, to the point it was actually comical

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  • M Williams
  • 09-07-21

Helpful

A pacy and easily digestible series of short accounts of sensible and hopefully achievable approaches to reducing A and I. Very listenable and forgiving.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-21

Short and to the point

It's short and to the point without going into lengthy and unnecessary details. Many things are logical or obvious but sometimes the obvious needs to be stated for us to see it.

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  • John
  • 07-22-20

Helpful but a bit brief and with some strange examples

Overall I would recommend you buy this and use it amongst other resources on anger. Very helpful in places, good coverage of the basics of anger but skips over some of the key things (like alcohol consumption, mindfulness and exactly how to do anger management techniques) rather quickly. Some of the examples used are also very odd/dated! Will have to use in conjunction with other books/therapy etc.

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  • costel
  • 06-14-18

should never read your own writtings.

he makes it a bit awkward and fast. should have used someone else to read his work. apart from that, good material to read and apply

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  • Mr. Mark A. K. Woodcock
  • 02-02-18

Pretty informative

Fairly useful, its a short book so you can repeat it to understand examples of why certain extreme moods may overcome you. There is an exercise at the end although its just to sit there and breathe for 5 minutes.... download the headspace app if you want a better exercise thats similar