Anger Management

Anger is a normal human emotion and when it is managed properly, it is not a problem. It is often associated with frustration – when things do not happen the way we want them to. It is usually linked to another negative emotion (such as hurt, disappointment or embarrassment) or is a response to them.

It is not a good solution to problems, and may in fact create or exacerbate them for you and others around you. People with poor anger management are morely likely to have problems with relationships, fights and/or damaged property. It can also lead to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and psychosomatic illnesses.

These are some signs that anger may be and/or cause a problem:

  • Anger involving verbal, emotional, physical or psychological abuse
  • You feel angry a lot of the time
  • People close to you are worried about your anger
  • Anger is leading to problems with personal relationships and work
  • You think you have to be angry to get what you want
  • Anger seems to get bigger than the event that set it off, it also lasts for a long time after the event has passed
  • You are becoming anxious or depressed about your anger
  • You are using alcohol or drugs to try to manage your anger
  • You are getting angry with the people closest to you or the people you perceive to be less powerful than you, rather than dealing with the situation at hand

Managing Anger

Anger management is about understanding your anger and why it happens. Anger management is about learning and practicing better ways of expressing anger, and knowing how to prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Anger Management

Anger is a normal human emotion and when it is managed properly, it is not a problem. It is often associated with frustration – when things do not happen the way we want them to. It is usually linked to another negative emotion (such as hurt, disappointment or embarrassment) or is a response to them.

It is not a good solution to problems, and may in fact create or exacerbate them for you and others around you. People with poor anger management are morely likely to have problems with relationships, fights and/or damaged property. It can also lead to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and psychosomatic illnesses.

These are some signs that anger may be and/or cause a problem:

  •  Anger involving verbal, emotional, physical or psychological abuse
  • You feel angry a lot of the time
  • People close to you are worried about your anger
  • Anger is leading to problems with personal relationships and work
  • You think you have to be angry to get what you want
  • Anger seems to get bigger than the event that set it off, it also lasts for a long time after the event has passed
  • You are becoming anxious or depressed about your anger
  • You are using alcohol or drugs to try to manage your anger
  • You are getting angry with the people closest to you or the people you perceive to be less powerful than you, rather than dealing with the situation at hand

Managing Anger

Anger management is about understanding your anger and why it happens. Anger management is about learning and practicing better ways of expressing anger, and knowing how to prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Psychotherapy: This can help you determine the underlying cause of your anger. In cognitive therapy, the practitioner can help patients find alternative ways of thinking about and reacting to anger.

Group therapy: This provides an opportunity to connect to others with similar experiences. Participants feel less isolated; there is also a feeling of accountability to fellow participants, which can be a motivation.  

Art Therapy: Art can be a useful outlet to express and understand anger. Clients do not need any art skills; as a trained artist, our Art Psychotherapist can help them explore their visual image.

Mindfulness and self-relaxation techniques can also reduce the feelings of tension and stress in the body.

Source: Australian Psychological Society, Reach Out