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Book Review: Anger Mastery: Get Angry, Get Happy by Kevin B. Burk

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Anger Mastery: Get Angry, Get Happy by Kevin B. Burk teaches how to put aside the major distractions in life long enough to take control and lead a happier existence. Examples of major distractions are victimization, the pain of loss, uncontrollable circumstances, and many events that confuse people and deprive them of badly needed focus on more important agenda items.

Burk explains that mastering anger helps protect against manipulation by other people. Part of mastering anger is channeling energy into activities that are creative and supportive of your strengths and purpose in life. One such activity is gymnastics.

The lowest ebb of life is victimization according to Burk. Here people tend to have an eternal pity party with all of the classic escape habits like drinking, overeating, gambling, and other activities that drain health and financial resources. Hallmarks of the victimization state are pride, anger, desire, fear, grief, apathy, hopelessness, rejection,  guilt, and shame.

The next highest level is constructive activity where people actually do things and enjoy the benefits of their hard work. Neutrality, willingness, acceptance

and reason are classic universals at this level.

After that comes the spiritual state where things are accomplished through your efforts and influence. Love, joy, and peace are the universals in the spiritual state. The last and highest state is the enlightenment where things are done in your name or persona. An example would be The Civil Rights Movement.

Burk spends a lot of time rationalizing how to leave the victimization state systematically. He actually illustrates, with a flowchart, the decision-making process by disaggregating your personal business from activities that are the concern of other people. If something does not concern you personally, then all of your activities should be directed elsewhere to things that involve you directly. Examples of these things are your family, home, career, finances etc.

Anger Mastery is an important work in the psychology of coping with life logically and systematically. The author forces each of us to separate the important things in life from things that really don’t concern us directly. In achieving the separation, we learn to let go of chronic conflicts which drain our energies while providing little financial or psychic compensation in return for the effort expended. Everyone should read this book and become familiar with the methodology set forth by Burk.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.