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4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5 4.40 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leonard Scheff, Bill Mendieta, Susan Edmiston Narrator: Bill Mendieta, Leonard Scheff, Susan Edmiston Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Imagine you’re circling a crowded parking lot. Just as you spot a space, another driver races ahead and takes it. In a world of road rage, domestic violence, and professionally angry TV and radio commentators, your likely response is anger, even fury. Now imagine that instead of another driver, a cow has lumbered into that parking space and settled down. Your anger dissolves into bemusement. What has changed? Not just the occupant of the space but your perspective on the situation.

We’re a society swimming in anger, always about to snap. Using simple, understandable Buddhist principles, Scheff and Edmiston explain how to replace anger with happiness. They introduce the four kinds of demands that most commonly underlie anger (Important and Reasonable, Reasonable but Unimportant, Irrational, and Impossible), then show how to identify our real unmet demands, dissolve our anger, and change what happens when our buttons are pushed. We learn to laugh at ourselves, a powerful early step, and realize that others don’t make us angry. Only we can make ourselves angry.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Don The Idea Guy Snyder | 2/20/2014

    " I literally just finished reading this book and its message is still ricocheting around in my brain. I keep thinking... "should I just read this book over-and-over all year long?" I know that even though I've already come away with a shift in perspective and plenty of new lessons to apply, there are dozens of others that I really need to go back and explore between the pages of this book. There is just the right mix of modern and ancient examples of how to overcome your anger and conquer the stress that it brings. I'm torn between lending it to a friend who I know could benefit from its message or simply diving back in and reading it again for myself. Perhaps I'll buy them their own copy and do both... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by BareFeetMom | 2/17/2014

    " I found the book to be a quick yet insightful read. One point in the book is that anger arises from an unmet demand. This idea had never crossed my mind. I have zero background in Buddhism but I was still able to gain some new insight. This is a book that I will re-read in a couple months. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laura Jean | 1/26/2014

    " absolutely excellent and totally perspective changing thus far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vitor Moreira | 1/16/2014

    " For me the book worked as purposed. Schaff and Susan really teach you some small budhist tricks that make you feel a bit more peacefull and greatfull for the live we have. Even though it's not the final solution, this handbook it might give you a little help. "

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