Anger management is best described as psychological techniques which can allow a person to control or reduce the amount of anger they have when reacting to specific situations. Anger management techniques vary widely, but their goals are essentially the same; to allow an individual to manage their anger and resolve stressful or frustrating situations in a productive manner.
Anger management methods make use of techniques such as breathing as well as meditation in order to bring about a level of relaxation. When it comes to anger management, one thing that you must keep in mind is that anger issues differ from one individual to another.
In some countries, the subject of anger management actually plays an important role in the legal system. For professionals, anger management is a subject of great importance, since they will often find themselves in stressful situations where they have to deal with others.
The best anger management techniques are those which are associated with the individual. In most societies today, anger is considered for the most part to be an immature response to situations which are frustrating or annoying.
However, anger is an emotion just like any other, and there is nothing inherently wrong with it. Anger becomes a problem when it is used in the wrong way. The problem with many anger management courses is that they see anger as being evil within itself, but there are times when anger is justified.
For example, if a parent tells their child not to play in the street, and they see them playing in the street anyway, this parent has the right to be angry; the parent is trying to protect the child from harm and by continuing to play in the street, the child is being disobedient. This is just one of the many examples where anger is a natural and expected emotion. At the same time, being able to handle your anger in the proper manner is the key. Unfortunately, the way in which society views anger today is contrary to how it should be viewed.
Social Views on Anger
In our society today, we are largely taught to avoid conflict. Those who remain calm, even during frustrating situations, are seen as having attitudes which are socially acceptable. Unfortunately, this also leads to situations where anger is often “bottled” up inside the individual, and once they do release it, it comes in the form of a violent outburst.
In addition to this, anger which is held within for long periods of time will often lead to depression. In most cases, people who are angry will showcase this anger with either the “fight response” or the “flight response.”
The flight response is seen as being passive, in which repression will be used to deal with the angry feelings. An aggressive behavior is the “fight response,” and this is where one will physically or verbally seek to dominate someone else.
While anger is largely seen as being a negative emotion, it can be a positive emotion when it is properly channeled. I like to think of anger as being a type of flame; it can fuel the desire for you to achieve something that you want, but it can also burn you as well. We all get angry sometimes, and many of us have more anger than others. It is how you use this anger that will determine your success or failure in life.
Generally, even if you become angry at a situation, it is best not to reveal it. When people know you get angry at a specific trigger, they can use this against you. Release your anger in a private setting, but not before others. Anger can have devastating consequences if you cannot control it.
Those who have bad tempers and anger problems are easily manipulated. A person who is unable to control their temper is a like a bull; and anyone who is familiar with bullfighting knows that the matador who is calm and in control will in most cases slay the bull, even though the bull is much larger and stronger.
A person who is easily prone to anger is also easily manipulated by the right type of person. Once a manipulative person knows your triggers, they can cause you to explode when “they” want you to, and this can cause you to lose friends, relationships with co-workers, and perhaps even possibilities to advance within the company you work for.