Anger is an emotional state we have all felt at one time or another. And it may vary from mild irritation to an explosive blind rage. Anger, like all our emotions is accompanied by physiological changes including increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and change in adrenaline. When out of check, our anger affects our relationships, our career, and our reputation.
Anger is a natural and instinctive way for us to respond to threats in our environment. It allows us to fight back and defend ourselves when we are attacked, which is necessary for our survival. But we can’t go around attacking everything and everyone that makes us angry. Anger may also be a reaction to other emotions we may be feeling like anxiety, fear or sadness. If these feelings are too painful to experience at the moment, we may express anger as a way of avoiding or taking control of these painful emotions. Men commonly express anger when what they are really experiencing is serious depression.
Understanding and Conquering Anger is an individualized mental health therapy and psycho-education program designed for individuals whose anger is negatively affecting their relationships, career and overall happiness. This is a six week program that includes:
- Six 50 minute sessions with a licensed therapist
- Six reading and self-study exercises using the book Anger Management for Everyone - Second Edition, Raymond Tafrate (ISBN: 9781684032266)
- Videos and articles supporting the book content and discussions with your therapist
- Course syllabus and certificate of completion at the end of the program
- An optional letter to the court or other parties at extra cost
- Program customization and additional therapy sessions are also available at additional cost.
Anger is like a virus and it will spread through families to future generations. Research has shown that children of angry parents are more aggressive, less compliant, less empathetic and are poorly adjusted overall. There is a strong correlation between parental anger and delinquency. The effects of parental anger can follow a child into adulthood. The effect of parental anger on an adult child can include depression, social alienation, spousal abuse and poor career achievement.
Here is an abbreviated list of what you will be learning from this program:
- Anger is an emotion that can energize you to take constructive or destructive action
- Aggression and anger are not the same thing
- Anger is related to anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug use, heart disease and stroke.
- Anger comes from what you have learned, how you think and your innate nature.
- You can take positive steps that will improve your lifestyle.
- Not every problematic person or situation needs to be immediately addressed.
- How you approach social problems sets the stage for conditions in your life to improve, get worse or stay the same
- To replace harsh ratings of yourself with statements that reflect self-acceptance and a willingness to learn from your mistakes.
- Your personal values represent the big-picture direction of your life and will require continuous attention and adjustment throughout your lifetime.
- It is possible to notice your angry thoughts and feelings without acting on them or giving in to them.
- Remaining unforgiving is associated with obsessive thoughts about the past, grudges, avoidance, and a desire for revenge.
- Developing the ability to calm your body and your mind will help you respond less impulsively to challenging situations.
- Learning to be more effective in interactions with others will help you reduce your anger and live a happier life.
- It is imperative that you consider the other person’s perspective.
- Verbal aggression and accusations make situations worse because they shut others down and increase the likelihood others will get angry at you.
- Self-awareness is the ability to see yourself clearly and objectively through reflection and introspection.
An estimated 9% of Americans have impulsive anger issues(1). If you think your anger may be out of control, if it is affecting your relationships and other important parts of your life, Understanding and Conquering Anger may be the solution for you. Please call (262) 933-1071 or email [email protected]s for additional information or to get started in the program.
For the remainder of 2020 the cost for this program is $390.00 plus the cost of the book obtained elsewhere.
(1) Duke University Medical Center. (2015, April 8). Nearly one in ten U.S. adults have impulsive anger issues and access to guns. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 6, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/...