Anger is a normal, healthy emotion that we all experience at different times in our lives. When it gets out of control and becomes destructive, problems can develop in a number of areas—work, personal relationships, legal, and even health issues. Anger events are caused by a variety of sources—spouses, children, job supervisors, rude drivers, sports events, and memories of past negative experiences (childhood abuse, divorce, bullying). The list is endless.
Manage Your Anger
We learn how to be angry; we are not born with an anger gene, although some people are more inherently volatile in mood. Because we learn how to express anger (usually at an earlier age), we can also learn how to manage it. The goal of anger management therapy is to learn how to express anger appropriately in a respectful, non-attacking manner.
Skills that clients learn are:
- identifying “anger triggers”
- learning calming techniques/stress management
- learning to stop escalation of anger and
- learning to stop irrational self-talk messages that fuel anger expression.
Treatment for anger is really about learning to manage your anger effectively which will improve your personal relationships, work success, and social life, and decrease emotional and health problems. You can begin seeing significant improvement in a short period of time.