Lewis Black's mother appears to thrive on anger. Robert Allan states that directly expressed anger makes nearly every situation worse. Black discusses the public's anger at politicians.
Black shares examples of things that make him angry and cites the story of renovating his apartment.
Allan defines anger and cites health studies. John Hunter was the first documented case of Type-A behavior and sudden death. Type-A behavior was the first psychosocial risk factor for heart disease.
Freud believed sex and aggression were the psyche's two driving forces. Allan debunks the aggression theory and discusses anger management. "We have no storage facility in our body for anger."
Allan grew-up with an angry father and wanted to be different. He cites a success story involving his response at a gymnastics meet. The country needs to learn how to manage anger.
Allan's book helped Black recognize why he made the choice not to have a family. Black's comedic routine centers on anger but he treats loved ones differently; he never has problems getting his energy level up for a performance. Allan explains hypertension.
Allan shares an anecdote about an angry couple; people respond to anger more so than words. Black reflects on past relationships, his parents, and his level of anger over the years.
Black shares a story of empathy and changing his approach. Allan cites two words that reflect his anger management system.
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The prolific stand-up comedian Lewis Black discusses his use of rage, rant, and the simulated nervous breakdown as comedic devices with anger management psychologist Robert Allan. Allan is a noted clinical psychologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and is the author of Getting Control of Your Anger.
Length: 56 minutes
Copyright date: ©2009
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