Rabbi Rami talks with Christian Conte, Ph.D, one of the country’s most accomplished anger management specialists.
You may recognize Dr. Christian Conte from the TV show Coaching Bad, or the daily Emotional Management Minutes that air on more than 300 radio stations across the country, or his TEDx talk, “Why I Chose to Go to Prison.” He is hard to miss: a six-foot-tall, muscled, bearded, and tattooed mental health specialist. His latest book is Walking Through Anger: A New Design for Confronting Conflict in an Emotionally Charged World.
He and Rabbi Rami discuss Conte’s Yield Theory, which he created as an effective treatment for anger issues, drawing on the more than 20,000 hours he has spent counseling people. In fact, Conte uses this in his work with violent offenders within correctional institutions, in addition to applying it with sports teams and other organizations.
When dealing with an angry person, Conte says there are three key things: listening, validating, and exploring options.
Listen to the podcast to hear how to apply this technique, and how to deal with anger and other powerful emotions. And yes, we all have powerful emotions. As Conte says, “There are two kinds of people in the world: There are people who have issues and dead people. So if you are currently alive, you have issues, so do I, so does everyone.”
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