The Tao of Anger Management: A Yield Theory Approach

The Tao of Anger Management: A Yield Theory Approach

by Christian Conte

Anger management expert, Christian Conte, PhD, describes his unique and highly effective approach to teaching and counseling violent offenders.

“The gentlest thing in the world overcomes the hardest thing in the world.” —Lao Tzu

Brian had been incarcerated for taking a baseball bat to his girlfriend’s truck with her inside of it; he then pulled her out and beat her unconscious. He was out of prison and in my anger management group for two weeks when he reported, “What I did may have been too much, but she deserved it because she stole my money.” He claimed that he shouldn’t have gotten in that much trouble because it was “my truck anyway,” and besides, she “slipped and hit her head on the ice.” Brian was still in the precontemplation stage of change: he didn’t think he had a problem.
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Christian ConteChristian Conte, PhD is a psychologist, author, and professional speaker who specializes in anger management and communication, and was an award-winning, tenured professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. He co-founded a center in South Lake Tahoe, California, to work with people who have been convicted of violent crimes. Conte’s programs always focus on helping people change and improve their lives. His latest book is Life Lessons. He was the co-host of the Spike TV series, Coaching Bad. You can learn more about him at
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Learning objectives:

  • Describe Conte's Yield Theory approach to treating people who struggle with anger management and violence problems.
  • Apply "radical empathy with intention" techniques with clients who are challenging to work with.
  • Explain the intersection of Taoism with Yield Theory and the practice of psychotherapy.
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