PSY 1012, Richard Bender
Aristotle had a famous quote “Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not easy.” Anger is one of the worst and the most devastating emotions we can have. Anger, as it is defined by most psychologist, is an emotional state consisting of feelings that vary in intensity from mild irritation or annoyance to intense fury and rage. Anger is a feeling that needs to be vented by itself without hostility or aggression. The most difficult part about anger is controlling and managing it. The reason it is so difficult to manage for most people is that it becomes habit. We react to certain situations, people, or environment with hostility and aggression below are awareness level where we do not understand the consequences of our actions until it's to late. The goals of this seminar is to posses an understanding of the principles of anger management as it applies in the work and home environment. Anger Management commonly refers to a system of psychological therapeutic techniques and exercises by which someone with excessive or uncontrollable anger and aggression can control or reduce the triggers, degrees, and effects of an angered emotional state. In some countries, courses in anger management may even be mandated by their legal system. If you have ever seen the movie Anger Management the actor Adam Sandler is forced by a judge to attend anger management after an incident on a plane where he let his anger get out of control. There are three major components of anger reactions. The first one is physiological. A physiological reaction is mostly physical, the area of the brain called the amygdala mediates anger experiences, deciding the events as either harmful or gratifying. Neurotransmitters surge evoking the body. The physical sensation increases heart rate and muscle tension, pulse rate, and counsels shallow quiet breathing, and flushed skin. The second component is cognitive. A cognitive reaction is the way we see a situation and how we react to it. Only seeing things from your point of view, which can be partial, can make the situation seem worse than it actually is. In the movie casino Joe Pesci's character Nicky Santoro was always seeing things as worse then they were. In one scene someone laughed at Nicky and told him he was funny. Nicky viewed it as if he was being mocked and became angry which took the situation farther than it should have. The third component is behavioral. There are three different types of anger behavior. One of them is Anger-in. Anger-in is dealing with anger by directed it towards yourself. Keeping all of you anger inwards however could lead to depression or suppressed hostility. When you do the opposite of anger-in it becomes anger-out. Lashing out your anger towards other people or things is not a positive way of dealing with anger. Anger-out could manifest into rage where someone or yourself could get hurt. The best type of behavioral reaction is reflection. Reflection is talking over the problem with the person your angry with after the anger has passed. Research has shown that the individuals who use the anger-out type have the highest blood pressure where as the individuals who use the reflection method have the lowest. The group who used anger-in had slightly lower blood pressure than the anger-out group. I would put myself into the anger-in category as I am much more passive aggressive than I should be and have trouble discussing my issues with the person I am angry with. Anger is an emotion but there are also four emotions underneath anger. One of them is pride. Pride is a feeling of satisfaction of one's own accomplisments, whether it is admired within themselves or with those whom one is corelated with. When someones pride is compromised it could turn into anger. One example of this is...
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