Good and Mad


Good and Mad: Transform Anger Using Mind, Body, Soul and Humor Paperback – September 30, 2003  by Jane Middelton-Moz (Author), Lisa Tener (Author), Todd Peaco (Author)

Best-selling author and anger expert Jane Middelton-Moz and friends have created a unique tool to help people change their anger experiences from problem to power. Good and Mad’s highly effective and accessible approach combines knowledge and tested methods with compelling stories, innovative exercises and journaling prompts, all illustrated by a series of cartoon strips whose characters demonstrate, in comical fashion, the foibles and pitfalls of anger.

Designed to deal with a serious subject in an accessible way, this book takes an approach that is lighthearted and compassionate, showing readers how to make anger management interesting and fun, without ever making fun of the complex emotion.

Readers are sure to enjoy and benefit from the elements created expressly for this book: original cartoons, “Mad Pad”journaling and “Anger-obics” exercises-techniques that teach how to access anger’s wisdom and heal its unhealthy habits. As readers enjoy the cartoons and laugh with character Tiffani and her friends, they will undoubtedly agree with and relate to her insights. Readers will be delightfully surprised to find more fun and freedom in life as a result of reading this book long before they reach the last page.

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Good and Mad saved me from going insane with rage, led me to laughter with its perfectly pitched cartoons and even provided a solution for replacing helplessness with action. What a better place our world would be if we learned how to handle our rage, an all-too-frequent by-product of congested traffic, layoffs and custody battles. This book should be mandatory reading.”
Amy Tan, international bestselling author The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter

Find out why it can be good to get “good and mad”!

  • Do you have trouble expressing your anger in ways that feel healthy and positive?
  • Does your anger inhibit you from real communication in your relationships?
  • Do you wish you had some tools to help you deal more effectively with other people’s anger?
  • Would you like to explore a fun and effective approach for transforming your anger?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re ready for Good and Mad.

This unique book by bestselling author and anger expert Jane Middelton-Moz, alternative-healing consultant Lisa Tener, and syndicated cartoonist Peaco Todd will help you understand your anger experience, guiding you to change it from “problem” to power. Good and Mad’s highly effective and accessible approach combines information and tested methods with compelling stories, innovative Anger-obics™ exercises and Mad Pad journaling prompts—all illustrated by a series of cartoons that reveals the lighter side of this complex subject.

This practical, fun guide offers you effective strategies for transforming problem anger into an empowering tool for clarity and communication. As you enjoy the original cartoons and laugh with the characters about their anger, you are likely to find yourself learning from their insights and are sure to be delightfully surprised to find more fun, freedom and personal power in your life and relationships after reading this book.

Good and Mad has all the right stuff for a book on anger. Humor, creativity and practical wisdom for readers of all ages—I highly recommend it!”
—William G. DeFoore, Ph.D. author, Anger: Deal with It, Heal with It, Stop It from Killing You

About the Author

Jane Middelton-Moz, M.S., is a trainer, consultant and community interventionist. She speaks internationally on issues of multigenerational grief and trauma, anger, bullying, and cultural and ethnic self-hate. She has appeared on national radio and television, including: Oprah, Montel, Maury Povich and PBS. She is the author of many books, including Boiling Point, which is also a PBS special, and Bullies; from the Bedroom to the Boardroom.

Lisa Tener, M.S., leads workshops and women’s spirituality circles, and has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, as well as on other television and radio programs. She has been quoted in the Boston Globe, Family Circle, Hope magazine, and many local newspapers and publications. Tener is a sought-after panelist for leading national and regional conferences; she received her master’s degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Peaco Todd, M.A., is a syndicated cartoonist and writer, whose book and illustration credits include: The Girl’s Guide to Football; Frame by Frame; Rainbow Kids; Family Matters; Talk It Out; and The Joy of Divorce. Since 1991 she has spoken nationwide on cartoons as a communications strategy, and has also been a regular commentator on NPR’s The Cultivated Gardener.

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Solid advice, immediately useful

ByOctavia Randolphon February 7, 2004

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This book really helped me identify the causes of anger, and understand how to effectively and constructively deal with it. It is extremely easy to use, and the wide variety of exercises and techniques it presents means that whatever mood I am in or type of situation I am facing I always find something that “feels right”. One of the most helpful things I learnt right away is that I often allowed past, sometimes even unrelated anger, to rise up and intensify the anger any current situation provoked. It is now much easier to seperate these issues and deal constructively with people and situations on their own merits! I feel that Good and Mad is an important breakthrough in accepting anger as a natural, appropriate and inevitable outcome of life and relationships. Anger can become an important and ultimately constructive and positive force in your life and in the world – injustice is fought and overcome through the correct use of anger, for instance- and this book guides the reader step by step to understand, diffuse, or use your anger to healthy purpose.

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