What’s Up With Dr. Jud? Anger

January 10, 2022

Are you a little angrier, irritable, or quick to lash out these days? Anger is a challenging emotion. And according to Dr. Jud, it can become a habit. What is […]

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Are you a little angrier, irritable, or quick to lash out these days? Anger is a challenging emotion. And according to Dr. Jud, it can become a habit. What is fueling your anger and how can you break the habit loop of resentment? What can we learn from behavioral neuroscience and ancient wisdom to respond differently when we’re triggered? Listen to today’s episode to learn how to turn your anger into compassionate action.

About Dr. Judson Brewer

Jud Brewer MD PhD (“Dr. Jud”) is a New York Times best-selling author and thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Psychiatry at the Schools of Public Health & Medicine at Brown University. He is also the executive medical director of behavioral health at Sharecare Inc. and a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits and the New York Times best-seller, Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind. Follow him on Twitter @drjudbrewer

Key Takeaways

  • Anger is an emotion that has a mechanism that keeps it going and reinforces it
  • Often anger can be triggered by getting something we don’t want, having something we want taken away, or when we feel our values are threatened
  • Evolutionarily, anger may be linked to maintaining our social status
  • Anger can become a habit loop with a trigger, behavior, and result associated with it. The first step in changing your anger habit is to map out its loop
  • It is possible to take action against injustice without acting from anger, but acting from compassion and values
  • For long-term change, focus on the bigger better offer of being compassionate

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Episode Segments

  • [00:00] – Introduction
  • [01:11] – About Dr. Jud
  • [2:33] – Sponsor: Lightfully Behavioral Health
  • [3:33] – Dr. Jud’s Personal Experience With Anger
  • [7:58] – Diana’s Personal Experience With Anger
  • [9:26] – What Mechanism Drives Anger?
  • [13:34] – How Values Are Related To Anger
  • [15:31] – Self-Righteous Anger
  • [18:09] – The Behavioral Neuroscience Of Anger
  • [20:44] – Anger As A Habit Loop
  • [24:32] – The Costs Of Anger
  • [31:04] – Compassion And Anger
  • [33:36] – 3 Steps To Changing Your Anger Habit
  • [43:19] – Your Daily Practice
  • [45:18] – Connect With The Podcast

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