Posted by: arijnovick | November 22, 2010

4 Powerful Anger Management Class Techniques

One of the most common questions asked of me, “is there a an simple way to not get so darn angry?”.  There is not a quick and simple answer to that very innocent question.  Anger is an feeling.  Recent psychological research shows that we still don’t know if we have “control” over our emotions. Regardless of that answer, we do know that we have control over our behavior.

People who struggle with anger problems often describe their actions as the fault of others. That position is obviously problematic because by taking it we essentially are blaming anything we do wrong on the other person, thus making our actions the responsibility of others.  While our emotions might be hard to manage, we always have control over how we want to act and react to situations that arise in our lives.  And, by the way, being in a bad mood or having a bad day doesn’t give anyone the right to behave horribly towards others.

Here are a few anger management tips that can be learned in any quality anger management class:

1. Learn to be a assertive communicator of your feelings and needs.  Most people really have a hard time with this simple change.  They tend to behave aggressively and don’t know how to explain to others what is really going on emotionally or what they need from the other person in order for them to change.  Learning how to be assertive is a skill easily learned in a quality online anger management class or in person anger class.

2. Get your stress under control.  Gaining skills in stress management can make you feel better and not snap as easily.  Learning improved skills in stress management include getting proper exercise, eating appropriately, meditating, and getting adequate sleep.  Stress is often viewed as a silent killer.  We can’t see all the destruction stress causes internally to our bodies or minds.  If you don’t have good coping skills for stress, these can also be learned in a trusted anger management class.

3. Learn how to Forgive and Let go.  By learning how to forgive, we let go of a lot of emotional baggage that we carry with us.  Forgiving isn’t just good for your mental health, but also has helps physical health too.  You don’t have to erase from memory what happened, but by learning to let go, you free yourself of the emotional suffering carried by holding a grudge or not letting go.

4. Learn how to be more Empathic.  Most people who struggle with anger lack good skills in emotional intelligence.  Empathy is important because it connects us with others and lets others know we can feel what they are feeling.  Lack of empathy causes problems in almost all interpersonal interactions and creates serious impairment in non personal situations such as parking the car.  Again, these skills can be acquired in a quality anger management program.

Don’t let your hostility create problems any longer.  Anger is one emotion we all emote, but letting our anger control our lives can erode meaningful relationships.  Find a certified or licensed anger management class, and get the help you need.

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