Anger is a common emotion meant to:
- Protect us from harm
- Help us get our needs met
- Prevent us from sinking into despair
It is normal to experience anger. Sometimes anger is the appropriate response to misbehavior by others. Managed correctly, and kept in check, anger is an important ally for a healthy adult. But anger has great risks, perhaps more than any other emotion. Anger can alienate us from people; it can lead us to do things we regret. Anger may arise not due to the present situation, but because the present situation reminds us unconsciously of a past experience. Anger may be a habitual defense against feeling sadness or fear.
When Anger becomes a Problem
Anger is a powerful emotion that can influence people’s thought patters and behavior choices. Anger can contribute to:
- Aggression and violence
- Hurting People, including one’s self
- Social or legal problems
Anger can be a sign of serious psychological diagnoses such as major depression or bipolar. Drugs and alcohol may help mask anger temporarily, but are also likely to make anger worse at times, as drugs and alcohol reduce self-control and tend to increase impulsivity.
If you have anger problem, you may know it but know what to do. Or you may not know it; the nature of anger may lead angry person to deny they have an responsibility for the problems to which they contribute. If you find yourself feeling tense and frustrated with yourself and others, if you find yourself unable to enjoy people and life, if you yell often, if you argue with others frequently, if people seem afraid to speak their minds to you or disappoint you, it is possible you have an anger issue.
Psychotherapy for Anger
Anger control is difficult for many people. Emotional outbursts, physical aggression and violence are just some of the results of anger problems. Psychotherapy is a valuable took for people who need help controlling their anger. With the right help, a person who struggles with anger can learn what lies at the root of their frustration and rage. They can identify what their anger triggers are and learn healthy ways to avoid or cope with those situations. Emotional regulation is a key component of effective anger therapy and empowers a client to face uncertain and stressful circumstances with control and emotional balance that benefits their mental and physical health and the well-being of those around them.
If you would like to talk about any of these issues, please make an appointment with Penelope Thompson by phone, text or email. Find out more information on individual or couple therapy sessions.