The Angry Brain by Nigel Denning


Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power, that is not easy – Aristotle


This paper will centre on anger, including a theoretical model to understand anger and the biological basis of that model, and finally look at some of the ways in which to work therapeutically with anger.

More than any other emotion, anger demands the therapist attend closely to their dual process. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the process: maintaining engagement with the client, whilst running your own personal checklist.

How’s my heart rate, how are my micro skills, am I speaking enough, not enough? The following paper provides insights from the therapy room.

angry-brain-article (pdf)

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