Anger is an emotion that we experience when we feel something has been done wrong to us. Anger can be a healthy emotion, as it lets us know that something in our environment is not going as planned. However, when our anger persists and/or builds up, it can create physical changes which make it difficult to act appropriately.
When we bottle up our anger or express it in a negative manner it is important to learn how to deal with it in a healthy and effective way. Counselling for anger starts with creating an understanding of where anger comes from to identify our triggers.
Once we know what triggers the anger tools and skills are implemented to manage or prevent the anger from getting out of control. Some of the tools involve; understanding others behaviours, changing how we percieve the world and relaxation skills.
Signs of excessive anger:
- Unexpected outbursts
- Feel a need to get revenge
- Unable to let go of the past
- Increased conflict with others
- Consistent feelings of anger
- View the world as hostile/unfair
- Becoming overly defensive
Additional Resources on Anger Management
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iCounselor: Anger iPhone App – Download on the App Store
Anger Management Android App – Download on Google Play
American Psychological Association, Controlling Anger – http://www.apa.org/
Canadian Mental Health Association, Feeling Angry – http://www.cmha.ca
The Mayo Clinic “10 tips to tame your temper” – http://www.mayoclinic.org