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Anger Management

Anger Management is a term which describes a framework of therapeutic psychological techniques & exercises by which a person with suffers un-controllable or excessive anger is able to limit or control the triggers and degrees of anger.
Anger Management

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Why is Anger Management important? How does Anger Management work?
What strategies are employed? Do I need counselling?
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It is vital that individuals are able to control their anger effectively because uncontrolled anger can aggravate existing mental health problems. Anger has the ability to fuel depression, which in turn has the effect of making a person feel as if they are enveloped in a dark cloud with no sign of relief. Anger fuels manic tendencies and individuals who are unable to express their anger inevitably release it in furious activity. Occasionally this activity reaches a breaking point resulting in clinical depression or even bipolar disorder.


Anger also has the effect of promoting paranoia & a skewed view of reality in every day scenarios. Anger can manifest itself in two ways - aggressively or passively via a fight or flight reaction. Aggressive behaviour is usually related to a 'fight' reaction which brings with it abuse on a verbal or physical level. A passive response to anger is normally seen in a flight reaction where the anger or aggression is surpressed possibly leading the person running away from the situation.

The aim of anger management is to minimise your feelings of emotion in tandem with the physiological changes anger can create. It is impossible to completely remove or side step or ater situations or people that trigger your anger. However you do have the ability to learn to control alter your behaviour and reactions to them. To effectively treat anger issues it is important to go to the source of the problem and find out what triggers your anger. Once you have discovered the triggers a strategy can be developed to prevent them pushing you over the edge.


There are a number of strategies that can be employed to control anger, these are as follows:

Improved Communication:
When people become angered they can reach a hasty conclusion in relation to a situation, which may be inaccurate or incorrect. and they then act on this conclusion. It is important to ensure that in this situation a person slows down and looks and thinks carefully about the situation and circumstances. The natural reaction when you are criticised is to become defensive and fight back but if patients step back and think about what is being said and the underlying message e.g.the person is unhappy and feeling unappreciated or unloved -then it may ensure a situation doesn't spiral out of control and the issue can be resolved.

By employing easily learnt relaxation techniques a patient may be able to calm their anger down. Techniques such as breathing deeply; repeating calming phrase or word over and over; using visualisation to recall a more relaxing experience. By practising these techniques over a period of time patients may be able to employ them when necessary almost automatically to diffuse a situation

Changing Your Surroundings:
s environment or surroundings can be a source of irritation or anger. Problems and responsibilities can weigh on you and make you feel angry at the "trap" you seem to have fallen into and all the people and things that form that trap.By making personal time or space out of the environment to calm down and regroup can help people avoid or prepare for stressful times of the day.

Cognitive Restructuring
This basically involves a person changing the way they think. By stopping and logically reviewing or assessing the situation you can see that maybe your initial assessment r conclusion was skewed or clouded by anger making you jump to completly the wrong conclusion

Problem Solving:
Not all anger is misplaced and on occasion anger may be as a result of an un-avoidable problems in our day to day lives where the standard reaction to these problems is anger or aggression.In this situation the best approach is a pragmatic one where a patient doesn't fixate on locating the a solution but investing time in how to face the problem or deal with it.

If you think that your anger is spiralling out of your control or that is has an effect on your day to day relationships or on important aspects of your day to day life then you may consider engaging in counselling. Anger management counselling will enable you to learn to control your behaviour, be aware of your 'triggers and teach you how to better manage your anger.


Broadly speaking psychologists say that with counselling they can move an intensely angry individual towards a middle level of anger within 9 to 10 weeks. This is obviously dependent upon the  individual circumstances and anger management techniques incorporated.

Therapies to consider
Acupuncture Art Therapy Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Counselling EFT Energy Healing
Hypnotherapy Kinesiology Life Coaching
NLP Psychotherapy Thought Field Therapy


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