Effective Anger Management

Posted on: June 25, 2008

By Gregory Kyles, LPC, CEAP, CAMF

Do you experience extreme feelings of frustration? Do you see red when something doesn’t go your way? Do you get aggressive and agitated easily? Well, if the answer is yes then you are a potential candidate for anger management classes, but to be sure let’s take a simple test.

Click on this Anger Test link and see how you score.

Anger can manifest itself in numerous ways. Crimes of passion take place because people act impulsively when faced with nerve-racking situations. When you’re angry you lose control of the situation. When you lose control you do things that you normally wouldn’t do and may regret later. People experience anger in varying degrees. While some people repress their anger and deal with it later, others react immediately and vent their frustration on the first thing they come across. Both are potentially dangerous ways to deal with anger. If anger is repressed, a person may get sulky, moody and withdrawn. On the other hand, those who react immediately may use expletives and even resort to physical violence. Repressed anger is sometimes more dangerous than anger that is expressed. This is because pent up emotions can cause nervous breakdowns and lead to sudden disconnected acts of violence much after the incident that caused the anger in the first place occurred.

Every individual comes face-to-face with problems that seem larger than life. This culminates in feelings of helplessness and frustration at the workplace. Organizations and therapists are exploring Anger Management as a means to increase productivity and promote harmony at all levels of the hierarchy. Generally, stress and anger is more visible among line and field employees as compared to middle and upper management levels. Relationships between a husband and wife can also get strained on account of physical and verbal abuse. Abusive relationships are often symptoms of mismanaged anger and dissatisfaction. Anger Management seeks to recognize and control misplaced anger.

Many therapists have begun Anger Management Classes to help people let go of their anger and lead quality lives. These classes should be overseen by Certified Anger Management professionals who teach people certain techniques for controlling and regulating anger and fear.

Effective anger management classes should cover four topics:

  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
  • Assertive Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence

The classes are generally conducted with a group of people who experience similar behavioral disorders. Group activities help prevent feelings of intimidation and discomfiture. If anger gets the better of you, it is to your advantage to enroll in an anger

Carlos Todd, LPC


1 Response to "Effective Anger Management"

That makes sense. I also run a anger management related blog, check it out if you want, Not So Angry Anymore: Blog

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