Classroom for Hotheads

Anger management is the trendy remedy for criminals as well as mere cranks. Does it work?

It's not a good idea to laugh at fellow participants in an anger-management class. But it is hard for classmates to suppress their giggles as "Lou" tells his story. Last year, Lou says, he discovered that his wife's Internet tastes ran to the louche--specifically, sex chat-room sites. Worse, he suspected that she had begun to date a guy she had met online. The man even phoned their house. Lou, a round-faced immigrant with a soft voice and tortoise-shell eyeglasses, tried to persuade his spouse to be faithful to him. She wouldn't.

So one day he followed his wife, who was "all...

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