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Anger Management Skills & Effective Anger Release Strategies
What is anger?
Before we talk about anger management skills, we first need to talk about anger as an emotion. Anger is a normal feeling that everyone experiences. Anger can range from slight annoyance to fits of fury. Some feel anger every day, while others may only encounter it when pushed to the “breaking point.”
Anger can be caused by both internal and external events, and it can affect us both physiologically and biologically. Anger often arrives with very little notice, and can leave us with feelings of exhaustion, depression and regret. To release anger effectively, we must employ positive anger management skills.
Where can I find help with effective anger release?
Anger is a healthy emotion. Each of us must find personal ways to experience and express it. That is what anger management skills are all about.
Finding an effective anger release is not always easy, and as you might suspect, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. Some people bottle up their anger until it explodes, while others regularly take out their anger on family and friends. Neither are effective anger release methods. But there are healthy and constructive ways you can release your anger. Dr. Brandt can help you learn the best anger management skills for you.
Which effective anger release method will work best for me?
There is no one particular anger management strategy that is guaranteed to work for you. The best way to find your most effective anger release method is try several various strategies. Effective anger release is a journey—you may find along the way that you’ve discovered an anger management skill that no one has thought of or used yet. If you do, we encourage you to share your positive experiences with others here at The Anger Zone.
Does effective anger release mean eliminating anger from my life?
No. Anger is a normal and healthy emotion. It is the way you choose to deal with anger that can negatively or positively affect your life. Anger management skills have been developed to help people deal with anger constructively. If you find yourself struggling to find effective anger release, it may be a good idea to seek professional counseling, either in an anger management group or workshop or individually.
Take control of your anger before it takes control of you.
About the Author: Andrea Brandt, Ph.D., a licensed psychotherapist in Santa Monica, CA for over thirty years, specializes in relationships, challenges related to blended families, divorce, abuse, women's issues and the mind-body spirit connection.
Dr. Brandt offers a fresh approach to dealing with anger and other feelings. Through her individual sessions, workshops and anger management audiotape and CD she helps people use their anger and deeper emotions to strengthen their relationships and navigate more successfully through life.