What is Anger?
Understanding a Chain of Anger
Understanding the Links that Make-up the Chain of Anger/Anger Triggers
Effects of Anger
Types of Anger
Anger vs. Aggression
Activities and Ice Breakers
Role Plays and Videos
Ways to deal with Anger
What is Anger?
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. -- Aristotle. Meaning of Anger
“A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility” It is a state of being mad, or annoyed.
“Anger is a normal feeling that comes naturally when we think someone or something will hurt us or someone we care about. Also, we may become angry when we think that someone has wronged us. Finally, it is normal to become angry when our needs, wants, and goals are not being met.” Anger is a basic human emotion that is experienced by all people. Typically triggered by an emotional hurt, anger is usually experienced as an unpleasant feeling that occurs when we think we have been injured, mistreated, opposed in our long-held views, or when we are faced with obstacles that keep us from attaining personal goals. Understanding a Chain of Anger
We all have felt anger. Children, old people, teenagers, men and women all experience anger. Anger, however, is NOT simple annoyance, irritation or disappointment. Anger is a complex emotion. People have different styles of expressing anger. It may be expressed as rage, verbal abuse, or striking out at others and things. It can be quick, like a viper’s bite or it can be like a boom of a cannon, or it can be slow and seething. It can zoom from “0” to “85” in a split second, and spin out of control. Other people shove it down and let it smolder like hot coals. Some people feel resentment and shame. Some people feel anger day in and day out. Anger can pierce deep into the heart. Anger may lead to problems when it happens too often, lasts a long time, gets out-of-control and is destructive. It hurts you and other people. The aftermath of fury or isolation can be a painful time. Understanding anger and reducing it, when it happens, will help with recovery from alcohol, tea, coffee and drug use. Anger can put a “hand-cuff” on life.
Anger involves a chain of events when one thing leads to another. Understanding the chain of events can help to stop or diffuse anger. So, it’s important to understand the links that make- up the chain that leads to anger. Anger is experienced as a combination of hostile thoughts, a surge of bodily sensations, and an attack or desire to cause harm – verbal, physical, emotional or mental. It is a complex response to situations. Understanding the Links that Make-up the Chain of Anger/Anger Triggers
1) EVENTS in Daily Life
Things happen in life! These situations may be “mere drops in a bucket” on some days. Depending on other things that are happening in the day, however, these events could ignite anger. Triggers are those situations that “push” our buttons. Some times “trigger” events can be things like a traffic jam, or the garbage truck beeping its warning horn while making a pick –up early in the morning. It can also be things, such as * The words people say - “Don’t bother – forget it.” * The sounds that people make- Sighing or groaning
* Voice tone, quality and volume - Whining or speaking coldly * Arm and hand gesture - Pointing a finger at you
* Facial expressions - A facial twitch
* Body movements - Turning away or hands on the hips
Example: A driver cuts closely in front of you.
2) How we PERCEIVE, INTERPRET or GIVE MEANING to Situations The situation could be perceived as threat, misdeed or failed expectation. We evaluate the situation with ourselves in mind. We assign cause or blame. We think that...
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