Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra does an incisive job of depicting how anger and hatred have rocked individuals and nations around the world bringing chaos, paranoia, and a pervasive panic into the lives of everyone.
Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames by Thich Nhat Hanh challenges us to stem the tide of this often toxic emotion by stopping the cycle of violence within us. This Zen master urges us to not water the seeds of rage and to practice compassion instead.
The Anger Diet: Thirty Days to Stress-Free Living by Brenda Shoshana outlines and deals with 24 different forms of anger that can be replaced with healthy and constructive responses. The intention of this psychologist and Zen practitioner is to show us ways to prioritize love and forgiveness.
Destructive Emotions: How Can We Overcome Them? by Daniel Goleman explains how anger, hatred, and other emotions are convulsing our private and public lives. The Dalai Lama and other Buddhist practitioners discuss mind training exercises that can transform these destructive emotions.
Emotional Wisdom: Daily Tools For Transforming Anger, Depression, and Fear by Mantak Chia and Dena Saxer shares insights about Taoist energy healing. This self-healing program is designed to transform the painful emotion of anger — as well as depression, fear, and guilt — to help kindness, courage, joy, and peacefulness emerge.
The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues: Finding the Way Home by Sandra Maitri discusses three sets of opposite passions and virtues. One of the opposing pairs explored in depth is anger and serenity.
Every Day, Holy Day: 365 Days of Teachings & Practices from the Jewish Tradition of Mussar by Alan Morinis helps us recognize which traits we find challenging and then shows us how to master them. Anger and calmness, generosity and miserliness, trust and worry, laziness and zeal, are all qualities to bring into balance.
Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: Four Simple Steps to Overcome and Create the Life You Want by Tamar Chansky is designed for those who are stressed out, disappointed, exhausted, or fed up. The book contains a treasure-trove of material on coping with anger, jealousy, loss, shame, procrastination, perfectionism, failure, and criticism.
Getting Over Getting Mad: Positive Ways to Manage Anger in Your Most Important Relationships by Judy Ford discusses how monitoring this emotion gives us insight into its proper role in our lives. Ford covers a variety of antidotes to anger including patience, forgiveness, exercise, releasing grudges, howling at the moon, and learning spiritual lessons from it.
Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective by His Holiness the Dalai Lama encourages an inner calm that enables us to consciously accept hardships, reflect sensitively upon the nature of reality, and deal with injuries from others. The Dalai Lama uses Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, an 11th-century Tibetan classic, as a tool for his commentary on cultivating patience.
Inward Bound: Exploring the Geography of Your Emotions by Sam Keen takes an inward journey to explore boredom with its associated qualities of surging resignation, resentment, and rage. In Keen's understanding, being able to feel the full range of emotions, including anger, is a key to happiness.
Resonance: The New Chemistry of Love by Barbara Miller Fishman shows that in a resonant relationship, power is shared, anger — not hostility — is expressed, and couples are in sync with each other. This kind of union overcomes some of the problems inherent in both "merged" and "exchange" relationships.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian, and Classical Reflections on Human Nature by Solomon Schimmel includes anger as one of the seven deadly sins at the core of today's private and public vices. Shimmel posits that guidelines from some moral traditions can help us master physical and psychological impulses.
The Ten Challenges: Spiritual Lessons from the Ten Commandments by Leonard Felder outlines the belief that these guidelines can be used to build a life of higher purpose. Felder reinterprets the third challenge as "learning to control anger, insecurity, and self-righteousness."
Transforming Our Painful Emotions: Spiritual Resources in Anger, Shame, Grief, Fear, and Loneliness by Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead shows that positive things can happen when negative feelings are welcomed and received as allies. Anger befriended and tamed, for instance, can become a powerful ally as we pursue justice and fulfill our responsibilities in a world of constant change.
Thoughts Matter: The Practice of the Spiritual Life by Mary Margaret Funk unearths the writings of John Cassian, a fourth-century Christian monk, to help believers and seekers do inner work. He suggests that we need to guard the heart so that we can use our thoughts, desires, and passions in service of God and neighbor.