Causes of Anger
Anger at a specific person (e.g., your significant other) or event/incident (e.g., a work situation or traffic jam).
Anger that surfaces because of worrying or brooding about something personal going on inside or anger that is associated with a memory of a past event or trauma.
It is believed that some people are more prone to anger problems. These people may suffer from a low tolerance for frustration. As with many issues, it is often a combination of biological, environmental and psychological factors that may make one person more prone to destructive or internalized anger than another person.
Commonality of Anger
Anger is a normal, healthy feeling. When we feel angry, it is a trigger that lets us know that something does not feel right, either internally or externally. Anger only becomes problematic when an individual either internalizes it or externalizes it in an aggressive way that begins to interfere with functioning.
Anger Management Treatment At Equilibria
One of anger management’s goals is to help clients manage their expression of anger and other emotions in a healthy, productive and adaptive way. Part of learning the anger management process requires learning to identify one’s own needs and understanding how to achieve those needs in a way that is respectful of oneself and others. In learning how to manage your anger and outward behavior, you must first become aware of and learn to control your internal responses.
Self-awareness and self-management are at the core of anger management. In addition, learning how to communicate and problem-solve more effectively goes hand in hand with anger management, as well as learning how to manage stress and frustrating feelings and situations.
Equilibria’s Philadelphia therapists are trained at helping people who struggle with controlling their anger and other related emotions. Our therapists work with individuals to help them identify triggers to their anger (and other emotions), ways to manage their emotions and discover alternative, more adaptive coping mechanisms.
Behavioral problems in children and teenagers often show up differently and require a different approach than what is required with adults.