WHAT IS ANGER?
Anger is a common enough emotion. It is like any other feeling or emotion except that if left untreated it can have serious consequences for the individual who is experiencing the anger. It can also have a detrimental affect on relationships, whether in the home or workplace. There are two sub types of this emotion: (one) healthy anger and (two) unhealthy anger. When we experience healthy anger we are driven or pushed into taking action and becoming assertive so that some injustice may be hightlighted. In unhealthy anger we experience 'blind' rage and hate, which can lead to violence and aggression. Some people who have very rigid rules on how others should behave and are firmly fused with these rules are most likely to experience problems in their lives.
DEALING WITH ANGER.
If you are experiencing unhealthy anger in your life it is your responsibility to seek out ways and means that will help you overcome it.Cognitive Behaviour Therapy ( CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Thearpy (ACT) are a recommended first line treatment for help in managing this condition.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is now used to treat this emotion effictivetly. In therapy the client will learn to notice unhelpful thoughts as they arise, As thoughts always come first this is an important skill to acquire. Mindfulness is also an important tool to have, simply because it calms down the racing mind, thereby allowing a valuable 'time space' to reflect before reacting to some irritation or some frustration that comes along. Rules and how the client responds to them are dealt with in depth. Defusion or 'letting go' is an essential process of this model of therapy. Life values are used to get the client to reflect on their anger/behaviour, with questions like this. 'Is your anger taking you towards or away from the people and things that are important to you'? For more details on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy go to ACT on this website.