Prevent Anger from Wrecking Your Relationships w/ Russell Kolts

Prevent Anger from Wrecking Your Relationships w/ Russell Kolts

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In today’s episode, we cover anger and compassion with Russell Kolts, PhD. Russell is Professor of Psychology at Eastern Washington University, an internationally recognized trainer in compassion-focused therapy (CFT), a TedX speaker, and the author of several books on compassion-focused therapy including CFT Made Simple: A Clinician’s Guide to Practicing Compassion-Focused Therapy and Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide.

Many men struggle with anger, especially today because society condemns the emotion, so what does it mean to express anger in healthy ways vs unhealthy ways, what can you do to manage your anger effectively, and how can you use self-compassion to ensure your anger doesn’t destroy your relationships?

What to Listen For

  • Introduction – 0:00
  • What are the biggest misconceptions around compassion and why is compassion important to your ability to dominate life with finesse and courage?
  • Is it bad to use anger as fuel for action and growth?
  • How to Manage Anger – 12:40
  • What exercise can you implement today to make sure you don’t blow up at someone you care about the next time they make you angry?
  • The worst way to resolve conflict – 22:46 
  • How do you handle conflict and arguments when your anger feels overwhelming?
  • How do you manage shame effectively?
  • Why is a problem solving approach problematic in relationship conflicts?
  • Tools for Building Self Compassion – 41:20 
  • What 2 questions can you ask yourself to develop self compassion so you can be as patient and understanding with yourself as you are with the people you care about? 

Self compassion doesn’t come naturally, especially for men, but it’s crucial for not allowing anger to control us. Also, it’s important to recognize the difference between using anger for positive things like motivation for taking action or problem solving versus letting anger consume us. It takes awareness, intention, and practice to be able to show the same compassion to yourself as you do the people you care about. When done effectively, showing compassion can transform any kind of hostile situation into something more meaningful, both in relationships you’re part of and in life in general. 

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