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Mindfulness for Teen Anger: A Workbook to Overcome Anger and Aggression Using MBSR and DBT Skills

Mindfulness for Teen Anger: A Workbook to Overcome Anger and Aggression Using MBSR and DBT Skills


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Do you ever feel so frustrated with school, friends, parents, and life in general that you lose control of your emotions and lash out? You shouldn’t feel ashamed. Being a teen in today’s world is hard, but it’s even harder when you’re unable to keep your cool in stressful situations. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make positive changes in your life.

Using proven effective mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Mindfulness for Teen Anger will teach you the difference between healthy and unhealthy forms of anger. Inside, you’ll learn how to make better choices, how to stop overreacting, find emotional balance, and be more aware of your thoughts and feelings in the moment. You’ll also learn skills for building positive relationships with peers, friends, and family.

As a teen, the relationship skills you learn now can help you thrive in the future. With a little help, and by cultivating compassion and understanding for yourself and others, you will be able to transform your fear and anger into confidence and kindness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608829163
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: Instant Help for Teens Series
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 181,626
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mark Purcell, MEd, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with youth and families for the past twenty years. Purcell has developed DBT programs for youth agencies and trains mental health professionals in a variety of settings. He is a professor in the department of psychology at John F. Kennedy University and has a private practice in the San Francisco Peninsula. 
Jason R. Murphy, MA, is a mindfulness based psychotherapist and meditation teacher who has worked with youth and families for the past twenty years. Murphy has been practicing Vipassana (Insight) meditation since 1994 and is a teacher in that tradition. He is a certified addictions counselor and founder of Mindfulness Recovery Counseling. Murphy has taught mindful awareness in a variety of settings around the United States. Murphy’s particular focus has been working with youth and incarcerated men and women addressing issues of stress, anger, and addiction. He is in private practice and leads groups and workshops in Santa Cruz, CA.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Story of Two Wolves 3

Jason's Story 5

Understanding Your Anger Patterns

Activity 1 What's Your Anger Style? 8

Activity 2 Beneath the Surface 13

Activity 3 Feeling Safe 14

Activity 4 The Seeds of Anger 17

Activity 5 The Cycle of Anger 20

Activity 6 Power Struggles 23

The Power Of Mindfulness

Activity 7 Mindful Check-In 29

Activity 8 Self-Reflection 30

Activity 9 Breathing in the Moment 32

Activity 10 Trusting Your Wise Mind 33

Activity 11 Acceptance and Change 35

Activity 12 Self-Acceptance 38

Preparing To Change

Activity 13 How Do You Cope with Anger? 42

Activity 14 The Costs and Benefits of Acting on Anger 45

Activity 15 Triggers and Anger Invitations 48

Activity 16 Responding Instead of Reacting 51

Activity 17 CALM Log 53

Activity 18 Anger Mapping 55

Calming The Body

Activity 19 Noticing Anger in Your Body 60

Activity 20 Your Anger Alarm 62

Activity 21 STOP 64

Activity 22 Breathing Through Anger 65

Activity 23 Body Scan 67

Activity 24 Distraction 70

Activity 25 Grounding 73

Activity 26 Self-Soothing 75

Activity 27 Releasing 77

Clearing The Mind

Activity 28 Cooling Wisdom 80

Activity 29 Turning Hot Thoughts into Cool Ones 83

Activity 30 RAIN 86

Activity 31 Mindfulness of Thoughts 89

Activity 32 Big Sky Meditation 90

Activity 33 Noting 91

Maintaining Emotional Balance

Activity 34 Your Emotional Health 94

Activity 35 Accepting Yourself and All Your Feelings 97

Activity 36 Softening the Heart 100

Activity 37 Acting Against Your Angry Urges 103

Activity 38 Mindfulness of Emotions 105

Activity 39 Your Emotional Fire Extinguisher 106

Activity 40 Pain Is Inevitable, Suffering Optional 108

Activity 41 Turning Toward Your Anger and Away from Blame 111

Kind Connections

Activity 42 Seeking Connection 114

Activity 43 Deepening the Well of Understanding 117

Activity 44 Effective Communication 119

Activity 45 Using I-Messages 126

Activity 46 Responding to Pain with Compassion 129

Putting It All Together 133

Reference List 137


Jason R. Murphy and Mark C. Purcell live in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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