What is anger management?

Anger is a natural human emotion that, like all emotions, has a purpose that can be very beneficial to people. When anger is well managed, it can motivate us to act when we perceive an injustice, or when we consider that we have to defend ourselves from others.

Anger can be an emotion that protects us and helps us establish limits when we feel that someone is trespassing our physical, emotional, or psychological integrity, and it can give us the drive and energy to get out of a difficult situation.

However, while anger can be a helpful emotion in some situations, it can be harmful when expressed in ways that are harmful to oneself or others, or when it interferes with daily life and functioning.

Unhealthy anger can take many forms, including physical aggression, verbal abuse, psychological abuse, passive-aggressive behavior, and chronic resentment or bitterness.

It can also bring us many negative consequences, such as damaged relationships, legal problems, or health problems. Also, when anger is excessive, irrational, or out of proportion to the situation we’re facing, it may be a sign of an underlying problem, such as anxiety or depression, and may require professional intervention.

What is anger management?

Anger management is a therapeutic process where a person is provided with a set of techniques and skills designed to help them control and regulate their anger.

During this process, the person is trained to identify the triggers that cause anger and they are taught to develop coping strategies to respond to anger in a healthier and more constructive way.

The objective of an anger management program is to reduce both strong emotions and the physiological alterations that anger causes, and not to suppress our anger, as many people think. Although we cannot avoid getting angry at certain moments in life, or
prevent some people from making us angry, we can control how we react to these situations.

Tips for Managing Anger

If you’re having trouble controlling your anger, here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Relaxation techniques. Techniques such as deep breathing, evoking relaxing images, or body scanning, among others, can help us calm our anger and manage it better, without so many emotions behind it. Find out more about these techniques to see which one is best for you. A mental health professional can help you.
  • Explore your emotions. Have you ever felt that you get angry for no reason or for something that is not so serious? Reflect and ask yourself if your anger is not masking some other emotion such as sadness, insecurity, pain, or vulnerability. Sometimes anger can be a sign of something else that is hurting you.
  • Seek help. If you’ve found that you get angry easily and have trouble controlling yourself, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember that we all have something to learn, and that the tools you can learn in a therapeutic process will serve you throughout your life.

At AMR Therapy and Support Services we have professionals specialized in anger management. Take care of your interpersonal relationships and live healthier. Call us and schedule an appointment!

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