Anger management refers to the process by which a person learns how to identify stressors, take necessary steps to remain calm, and handle tense situations in a constructive, positive manner.
The purpose of anger management is to help a person decrease the heightened emotional and physiological arousal often associated with anger. It is generally impossible to avoid all the people, things, and settings that incite anger, but a person may learn how to control reactions and respond in a socially appropriate manner. The support of a mental health professional may be helpful in this process.
Many different events can result in an individual’s becoming angry. These may include:
- Internal events such as perceived failures, injustices, or frustrations
- External events such as loss of property or privileges, teasing, or humiliation
Anger may result in externalizing behaviors such as verbal arguments and tantrums and/or internalizing behaviors such as sulking or increased symptoms of depression. In many cases, people respond to the development of anger with aggression, which is the biological function of anger. It is an evolutionary response that helps prepare individuals to fight off threats.
Inappropriate displays of anger may indicate the existence of a more serious mental health or emotional issue. People who receive anger management therapy are given the tools needed to slow their reaction to anger in order to identify the reason for their feelings. Though the roots of anger may be buried in emotional trauma, addiction, grief, or other issues, a natural inclination may be to find temporary relief in lashing out while ignoring the true cause of the anger felt. It is under these circumstances that seeking the help of a therapist might be most beneficial for an individual experiencing anger issues.
Whatever the situation, KPCC is here to help. Call us to take the next step at 304.346.9689.