We all have emotions running up and down our bodies thanks to our brain. I would say emotions are the most powerful part of any human being. There may be many physical substances, whether good or bad, that are just as powerful (tobacco or sugar to name a few). Yes, the addiction process people go through life is daunting. We are all addicted to something whether it be certain foods, activities, or whatever else that hijacks your life. Some behavior you put up with and some you don’t. Some you ignore in yourself or others during certain phases of your life while on the flip side, you do everything in your power to let others know how you feel about said behavior. The same goes with addiction. Sometimes you do it to drown out the stress you’re encountering. Other times you just don’t give a damn and will stuff a whole box of chocolates into your body, basically swallowing them. Sometimes you have to face the ghost in the closet holding the spoon with the remaining ice cream dripping off it.
Hopefully, there is no retreating back with a new tub of ice cream after reading this book, but if you do, oh well. Life goes on. There is ebb and flow. There’s always tomorrow, right? Life is never easy. If it is for you, please tell me what you are doing with yours. I don’t want you to think of this as being preachy because I’m the last one to give advice out of desperation and/or narcissism. I’m on a narcissism kick because one of the books I’m currently reading is about selfishness and narcissism. So far a great read as it is informative and educational. Everyone is selfish and narcissistic, on some level. You have to be in order to survive. I feel Anger Antidotes is the same kind of book. It was recommended to me. It’s not what you think. Okay, maybe a little bit. Another topic to talk about later might be nature versus nurture, but in all seriousness this book is for everyone who has emotions and wants to understand them better. I’m all about understanding things better. I’ve done it my whole life.
Trust me when I say I’ve read enough self-help books to know this one is beneficial. I’ve read some books that have been good and not so good. I’ve read some that are 300+ pages long and by the time I was done reading it, I wondered what the hell I’ve read and how to use that in my own life. It isn’t that I have a short attention span. Sometimes, I want to read a shorter book. I’ve heard enough people say in direct conversations or nearby conversations talk about mental illness, mainly depression or anxiety, with kid gloves. I’m glad there isn’t such a stigma on it as there once was back in the day. Sometimes, you need to get down and dirty. Sometimes, you need to open a book and really read it, not just once but twice. I’ve read this book twice, so far. It does more than give you the solution of “don’t do this” or “just try this” although any author and/or professional that does this is quite laughable. I wish life were that simplistic. Truly, I really do. I’m the first person to stand up and say life is beyond complex. Some of it is due to my very early formative years and some to my personality for the things I take part of and the questions I ask about myself and the world. I own that I’ve done a lot of hard work to get where I am: physically, socially, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Bottom line, this book does more than talk about anger. It delves into other emotions that can ruin or help you in the modern world you live. I had to read it in increments because one sitting would’ve been information overload. Some of the subject matter was new to me so I had to take my time to digest it. I’m a person who loves to learn new things, and you will find new things in this book. Even if you have a good grasp on the psychology of emotions, it will be a nice refresher. My favorite part of the book was the appendix. There you will find practical information beneficial for everyone. The same person who recommended it asked me if it helped. My response was yes. Enough said.