Did you know that anger is a normal human emotion and can serve useful purposes when controlled or directed productively? However, did you also know, that when anger gets out of control and becomes the habitual, or “go to” (also known as an “anger trap”), response to everyday events, it can very quickly become a problem. A big problem. Such anger – when out of control, or directed towards others in non-productive ways - can not only impact one’s health, but also destroy relationships and have wide-ranging negative effects on others.
If you understand and recognise that you have an anger problem (or that someone you know or love does), the goal is to manage the anger more effectively and flexibly so that it does not impact on your own life or those of others while also achieving outcomes in areas you wish to achieve outcomes.
As a psychologist in private practice, I offer psycho-education and skills about how to understand anger and aggression, thereby allowing people to be more effective in their life so as to further aid personal wellbeing. In this booklet, I provide strategies to manage thoughts and feelings which may be contributing to your expression of anger, and I outline strategies for you consider so as to prevent aggressive behaviours, and minimise their impact on your life, and on those you love and work with. I hope you find this Guide useful because anger management – when practiced – increases positive emotions, promotes personal resiliency and leads to a rich, fulfilling life well-lived.