Why we need anger

Posted on: August 11, 2007

Why do we need anger? Consider the following reasons.

• To protect our rights

• To help us maintain an individual identity

 • To ward off those who are bent on preying on the weak

• To moralize against social injustice

• As a warning signal that our rights are being violated

 • To remind us of the things that we hold most dear

• To be used as a tool to protect not to destroy or hurt

• To at times protect more vulnerable emotions

 • To remind the strong that the weak are not defenseless

• To energize us to make positive changes in our lives

 • To give us the time to retreat, compose ourselves and live to fight another day

 • To protect the vulnerable among us

• To detect danger and create a survivable plan of action

We should never forget that anger is a tool, it must be understood and used effectively for the purpose it was designed. Some have painted this picture that anger is all bad. This is a fallacy. Anger is neutral. It is the individual who decides if anger will be put to constructive or destructive use. When one begins to revisit their perspective on anger then the healing will begin. The emergence of anger is not a call to action necessarily. It is a signal that something is not right and must be addressed. Our job is to use our anger to make worthwhile decisions that help us grow as human, not destroy us and those around us.

Well designed anger management will teach participants the most effective ways to manage anger. These programs should teach anger management, stress management, emotional intelligence and communication skills. To find an anger management provider in your area visit

Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF

President of the American Association of Anger Management Providers

Carlos Todd is the owner of Todd’s Anger Management Solutions in Charlotte, NC

Carlos Todd is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a certified anger management provider. He has close to a decade experience in the mental health field. He also owns and operated Todd’s Anger Management Solution (TAMS) in North Carolina. Mr. Todd is President of the American Association of Anger Management providers.



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