Anger is a natural emotion that every human experiences. Mild forms of human anger may include displeasure, irritation or dislike. When we react to frustration, criticism, or a threat, we may become angry – and usually this is a healthy response. When anger becomes a full-blown rage, our judgment and thinking can become impaired and we are more likely to do and say unreasonable and irrational things. Anger is not just a mental state of mind. It triggers an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and levels of adrenaline. Anger has survival benefits, and forms part of our fight or flight brain response to a perceived threat or harm. Regular episodes of anger can eventually make people ill.
Anger management is a procedure of acquiring the skills to recognize signs that you are becoming angry, and taking action to deal with the situation in a positive way. In no way does anger management mean holding the anger in or trying to keep from feeling anger. Anger is a normal healthy human emotion, when it is expressed appropriately.
Do I need help?
The following may indicate that you need anger management help:
- You have trouble with the authorities.
- You frequently feel that you have to hold in your anger.
- You have numerous arguments with people around you, especially your partner, parents, children or colleagues.
- You find yourself involved in fights.
- You hit your partner or children or break things.
- You threaten violence to people or property.
- You lose your temper when driving and become reckless.
- You think that perhaps you do need help.