(8) Mad: How to Deal With Your Anger & Get Respect

Title: Mad: How to Deal with Your Anger and Get Respect by James J. Crist
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
137 Pages
Genre: Self Help - Teens

Synopsis: Everyone gets angry sometimes. Feeling mad is a normal human emotion. But some teens go too far and get into trouble with their parents, their school, or the law. Their anger controls them and affects their lives in negative, sometimes long-lasting ways. This practical, supportive book helps teens understand and handle their anger. They learn whether they have an anger problem, why we get angry, and how anger affects our bodies and relationships. Practical tools and strategies help them control their anger and avoid poor decisions and actions; insights from real teens let them know they’re not alone. The final chapters explore mental health problems that can complicate anger management and the role of counseling and psychotherapy. Includes resources.

Review: This was a great book filled with simple tips for dealing with anger. It also gives explanations on why teens might feel so out of control. The book is filled with quotes from teenagers on how they used to deal with anger and what they do now. The key point in this book is not to tell you that you shouldn't get angry because everyone does. Instead it deals with how to handle it, and how to do it in a respectful manner. Yelling, cursing and throwing things isn't going to get you very far in life so learning how to control your temper while a teen is so important. It also talks about how not everything in life is going to seem fair but that's life and you have to learn to deal with it. Getting your way all the time isn't how life really works so what do you do and how do you handle yourself when life doesn't go the way you want it? Easy to read good for both parents and kids!


  1. My counselor told me that teenage anger forces them to go on to the next step in their lives otherwise they would be complacent and never make changes to move away from their parents. It's a difficult stage for the teenager and all of the family.

  2. I'm not sure I totally agree with that. I can see how frustration may push them to the next step but anger eats you from the inside out. Teenage anger fits actually seems to stem from an undeveloped frontal cortex and an inability to distinguish emotions on adult faces. They read many emotions as disappointment or anger. Either way lashing out is not the way to get heard and they need to learn the coping skills needed to get through life.


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