The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga: Paths to a Mature Happiness

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General Methods for Decreasing Anger
We now consider techniques for handling anger. Let us begin with the most general methods suggested by Buddhism and Yoga. The following chapters will deal with more specific techniques for particular situations.
1. Among the general determinants of change, the most important is your own motivation. You must want to change. You must commit yourself whole-heartedly to the task of becoming less irritable and reactive, more light-hearted and imperturbable.
2. Also, you must adopt the orientation, that any time you are made angry, the problem is yours. Your dominant response should not be "You keep making me angry. It's your fault." Replace that response with "Why am I getting angry? What can I do about it?"
3. 3. Take seriously the Buddhist recommendation to reduce attachments. The more we are attached to a specific state of affairs the more

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