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Anger-obics Can Make Anger 'Work Out'

How to transform negative energy into a positive tool for anger management.

'Mind Over Madder'

"Mind over madder" is Salmansohn's phrase for the concept that you have a choice. "You can be mindful of anger on a daily basis," she says. You can stage it as Nay does. Or you can "fight" it or walk it away, as Tener recommends. Or, Salmansohn says, you can burn it up. Her book contains coupons. For instance, one might say: "I am burning angry at my present love because ..." You fill it in and burn, baby, burn (in a humorous disclaimer, she says she is not responsible if you burn the house down, but she does fully expect people to burn her opus to ashes).

Humor can often be the saving grace in anger management, these experts say. "Crack smiles before heads," is how Salmansohn puts it.

Star Lawrence is a medical journalist based in the Phoenix area.

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