Many people have difficulty controlling their anger, they have a great problem of aggressiveness and in many cases they do not even realize it, they think that others are to blame for their state of anger … But nothing could be further from the truth. Only you have control over what you do or say.

Anger management support groups or therapists help people manage their anger by using goal setting activities. Goals allow people to work toward something positive and feel proud when they achieve a goal that they set out to do. They are given an incentive to adjust their old behaviors so they can learn to control their anger.

If you have anger problems and even though you know it, you have a hard time maintaining control, follow these tips to better control those intense outbursts. It is necessary so that in this way you can better maintain interpersonal relationships and also so that you feel better about yourself.

Impulse control

One of the behavioral goals that anger management programs teach is impulse control.  Impulse control is the process of controlling your impulses. Many people with such problems with anger experience very little impulse control, which means that they can react verbally or physically in an abrupt way without considering the repercussions of their actions. 

One of the pre-set goals in anger management programs is for people to slow down their impulses to think before reacting to something that triggers them. An example of a strategy to achieve impulse control goals is to count to 10 before reacting.

Problem resolution

Children and adults with anger management problems get angry when they don’t know how to resolve a situation.  Their confusion mistakes them for feelings of aggravation to the point that they cannot clear their minds enough to think rationally and solve problems . 

Many anger management programs incorporate problem-solving objectives into the action plan to teach people how to solve problems instead of getting angry. The main point here is that getting angry doesn’t solve anything. Rather, troubleshooting helps rectify whatever the problem is. Anger management participants are presented with problem-solving activities to learn to handle problems in a productive way and to think of solutions before reacting.

Communication

Many anger management programs set goals for people to learn to use communication skills instead of reacting through verbal and physical anger, such as yelling or violence. People are taught to replace their anger with a communication intervention , as speaking and listening to conflict resolution techniques improve their life considerably. 

They learn to use “I feel” phrases that help them communicate how they feel about something that triggers them, such as “I feel upset when …” and “I have a difficult time when …” During group monitoring meetings From anger or counseling sessions, participants can practice speaking and listening to others so they can get used to relying on communication rather than turning to anger.

Affirmation and aggression

It is important for people with anger management problems to know the difference between affirmation and aggression. It’s one thing to be firm and stand up for something you believe in. It’s another thing to be aggressive out of anger.  Aggressive behaviors can become dangerous or make others fearful . Behavioral goals for anger management include teaching people how to recognize the difference and identify when it is appropriate to be assertive rather than aggressive.

Stress management

Stress causes some people with anger management problems to lose control and exert their angry behavior patterns.  By teaching people how to manage their stress, you can also help them control their anger. Anger management programs educate people on ways to cope with stressful situations, such as bills and the economy, vacations , work, and social pressures. Anger management participants can achieve their stress management goals by finding effective ways to deal with their personal stressors. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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