ANGER ON MY MIND

Anger: A product of our past

Posted on: August 29, 2007

I receive a number of calls every day inquiring about anger management. I always take the time to talk to the individual on the other line. During the conversation I always give an introduction to anger management. I tell the caller it’s a class– not counseling– then I ask them in the course of our conversation ask a rhetorical question–Which family member did you learn your angry response from? This question takes the assumption that anger is learned. Some may say that I am bold to ask such a question but the reality is that I have not never been wrong with this presumptuous question.

This is the very reason that anger management is considered a class. In it we teach skills to unlearn what was previously taught.If you struggle with anger I ask you–Which family member did you learn poor anger management from?

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

www.masteringanger.com

www.angeronmymind.com

www.aaamp.org

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1 Response to "Anger: A product of our past"

Carlos, your question regarding who we learned our “anger response” from is most intriguing. I am going to ponder that one because I think you are correct that although we chose whether or not to be angry our “anger response” is most likely a learned one and if so we can change it once we can see it (if it is an issue / mine is).

Thanks,

Kenneth

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