Learning About Anger

Learning About Anger

When you were a young person, how many times did a parent or trusted advisor talk with you about the most successful ways to manage your anger? If you are like most, the answer is: “It didn’t happen.” If you are to negotiate your relationships most appropriately, you...
Releasing Anger

Releasing Anger

Let’s suppose you have done all you know to do to communicate your anger appropriately, yet you have not been received the way you would like. What do you do? At this point, some will resort to the unhealthy forms of anger as they suppress their emotions or...
Assertive Anger

Assertive Anger

Many people ask: “Do I have the right to be angry?” My response is to throw out the word “right” and replace it with the word “responsibility,” then have the question restated: “Do I have the responsibility to be angry?” Most folks do not readily think of anger as a...
Passive Aggressive Anger

Passive Aggressive Anger

Some people are determined not to succumb to the temptation to be rageful with anger, but that doesn’t mean they are without anger. Rightly recognizing that open aggression creates an atmosphere of great disrespect, they refuse to explode loudly or get caught in...
Openly Aggressive Anger

Openly Aggressive Anger

When most people think of anger it is open aggression that comes to mind. Aggressive anger involves the preservation of personal worth, needs, and convictions at someone else’s expense. This is the category of anger that includes explosiveness, rage, intimidation, and...
Suppressed Anger

Suppressed Anger

Many people hesitate to admit or expose their own anger. Usually they have witnessed ill effects of this emotion so they have resolved not to be lowered to crude or abrupt expressions of any kind. When an anger producing circumstance occurs, these people stoically put...