Anger and Coping with Stress

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions
  • Raymond W. Novaco


Howard Beale, veteran anchorman of the Universal Broadcasting Company, became the mad prophet of the movie, Network, as he implored television audiences across the nation:

So, I know you’ve been bugged. You’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, “I’m a human being, damn it! My life has value!” So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Things have got to change, but first, you’ve got to get mad.

It seems that Howard Beale has touched a nerve when he enjoins us to revolt against the adversities of everyday living.


Aggressive Behavior Aversive Event Anger Management Private Speech Human Stress 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond W. Novaco
    • 1
  1. 1.Program of Social EcologyUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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