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Posted on Jun 9, 2015 in Anger, Children, Counseling, Family, News, Therapy

Anger Management 101

Everyone, no matter their age, gets angry at times. It is unavoidable. What is important is that you recognize that you are angry and take steps immediately to stem it. Anger is not all bad. It is a natural and adaptive response of the body to threats. This means, a certain amount of anger is necessary for survival. But how you express it, makes all the difference. Three approaches to tackle anger There are three approaches to anger- you can either express it, suppress it or calm down. Expressing anger- Try to express your anger through assertiveness and not aggressiveness. Being assertive does not mean that you have to be demanding or pushy- but putting your thoughts across respectfully. Suppressing anger– You can also suppress your anger by converting it or redirecting it. Rein in the anger, don’t think about it and focus your thoughts on positive things. Try to convert it into positive behavior. Calming yourself– The final method is to calm yourself. Calming down means controlling both...

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Posted on Feb 9, 2015 in News

How to Manage and Channel Your Anger

Anger is a powerful form of expression; as such, it needs to be handled with care. Much of that expression, no matter how honest or candid, is capable of hurting those around you. When your anger makes you lose control, what follows can only be unfortunate and unsavory. Since an outburst of anger has obvious destructive potential, one of the measures often adopted to deal with it is through creativity, the assumption being that energy that can destroy something existing can be routed to build something new. Artists, caught in a bind between their isolation and the creative process, are often prone to violent outbursts of anger. One of the most celebrated examples is, of course, the 19th century Dutch Post Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh, who swung all his life from irritability to depression to violent anger (in 1888, he chopped off one of his ears while in the throes of such a mood) till his death at age 37. In the end though, through so much darkness,...

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Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Family, News

Understanding Anger

According to behavior psychologist Charles Spielberger, anger is an unpredictable emotion that can move from mild irritation to intense rage and fury within a short span of time. Just as other emotions lead to biological changes in our body, anger too leads to rise in blood pressure and heart rate followed by increased production of hormones like adrenaline. There can be several triggers to anger outbursts including certain people, events and traumatic memories. Expressing anger and control People have a tendency to vent out their anger at the nearest possible object, human or animal, in an aggressive or brutal manner depending on their anger level. Though anger is a natural response which can sometimes help protect us it is not healthy to lash out at things that annoy us as it can be detrimental in the long run. People approach anger in these common ways by either expressing it, suppressing it or maintaining calm by changing the topic. Though psychologists tell us to control anger or redirect it towards...

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Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in Anger, News, Parenting, Teens

Rebellious Teens Vs Angry Parents

  Teenage years can be stressful for both teens and their parents. Teens have to deal with raging hormones, peer pressure, school work, activities, changing friendships and a whole lot of other issues that can make them feel disconnected from those around them. They are usually confused and moody, which can make them act out or defy authority. The behavior, if prolonged, can stretch parents to their limits and make them lose their temper, which they might regret later. So, how can parents deal with this frustration and protect their kids from dangers of anger? Wait before you react If your teen indulges in a behavior that is unacceptable to you; refrain from acting on your anger immediately. You will thank yourself later for using this anger management trick. Irresponsible or rebellious Your teen’s behavior can be an act of rebellion or it might just be them being irresponsible. If your teenager doesn’t return your call, it is possible that he/she might have forgotten about it. Observe the reaction...

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