Anger Management Education was founded in 1994 to provide education and psychotherapy to help individuals make sense of and manage anger in everyday life.
Why study anger?
Anger is a very natural reaction to those situations that may cause some sense of threat as well as disappointment, hurt, frustration, sadness, confusion, shame or other negative emotions. Yet, for many people, it is an extremely uncomfortable and confusing emotion. Most often, we have learned ways of handling anger by chance and with little direct or formal instruction.
How we react to our anger is a habit, one that involves the interaction of our feelings, thoughts and physical reactions. Some of us have learned to immediately become hostile or aggressive in response to anger and its related tension. Others have learned to stuff, minimize, or deny anger or to overly value their contribution to a particular situation that aroused conflict. Instead of anger, they more readily experience depression, pain, excessive guilt, and shame. Some of us have learned not to experience anger. Others believe they lose control by giving up anger.
Destructive anger can lead to the loss of a job or jobs. It can also undermine a career or lead to the loss of a relationship. It undermines our humanity and makes us less available to satisfy our desires.
By contrast, when we embrace healthy anger we tap into energy that can become the driving force for intimacy or move us to right what is wrong. Our anger informs us that some desire or need is being thwarted. By learning how to sit with it we can take the time to more fully explore its meaning. By doing so we can experience increased harmony and connection in relationships with others and with ourselves.