Anger management is best described as the process of learning to recognize signs of anger and the action of changing behaviors in order to deal with anger in a more productive way. Anger is an emotion, just like any other emotion, but when anger motivates an unwanted behavior, then it becomes problematic.
Mindfulness is an effective method to identify environmental stressors that trigger anger and increases the ability to respond in more effective ways. Effective Anger Management tools include practicing Emotion Regulation Skills, understanding secondary emotions and the purpose or function of anger, using Assertive Communication and Cognitive Behavioral Skills to rebalance and redirect irrational thinking patterns.
Integrating mind-body awareness practices decreases stress and physical reactivity and helps provide the necessary skills to override the physiological events that occur with anger. For more information on the physiology of anger, visit:
Remember, Domestic Violence and Abuse is not about the anger, it is a deliberate choice to control another human being. If you are in an abusive relationship, your partner needs specialized treatment, not traditional anger management. For more information about Domestic Abuse visit:
National Domestic Violence Hotline:1-800-799-7233(SAFE).