Books for Therapists on Anger & Violence


Anger and violence is a topic that is always of relevance when talking about human behaviour. Many studies and research have been conducted on this theme, offering illuminating answers and stimulating important discussions about the origins, causes, function, and ways to control it. The following list of books reflects some of those topical issues.

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“Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” by Marshall B. Rosenberg and Deepak Chopra

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In this internationally acclaimed text, Marshall Rosenberg offers insightful stories, anecdotes, practical exercises and role-plays that will dramatically change your approach to communication for the better. Discover how the language you use can strengthen your relationships, build trust, prevent conflicts and heal pain. Revolutionary, yet simple, NVC offers you the most effective tools to reduce violence and create peace in your life—one interaction at a time.

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“The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence” by Gavin de Becker

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The Gift of Fear is a book written by internationally acclaimed author Gavin de Becker and ranked as #1 US bestseller. The book’s main goal is to teach you how to listen to your gut instinct, and how by doing so you can avoid unnecessary and frightful situations. Gavin de Becker, through various stories and narratives, seeks to illuminate the pattern of behaviors and events that point to a violent situation and give us the power to identify these patterns and act on it before anything happens at all. By reading the signals described in the book, named as PINS (Pre-Incident Indicators), it’s expected that we gain the perception of dangerous situations in our everyday lives that we might’ve missed otherwise.

“Hass, Wut, Gewalt und Narzissmus” von Otto F. Kernberg

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This book discusses the origin and significance of primitive aggression in psycho dynamic psychotherapy for patients with severe personality disorders. The clinical manifestations of these developments and their prognostic significance, the effective psycho therapeutic techniques and their limits are presented in an overview. The important influence of setting boundaries, the concept of countertransference analysis and tolerance are discussed. Finally, there is a treatment concept presented, which enables the systematic analysis of the primitive transference reactions.

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