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Anger Management Classes - What They Do

Updated on March 13, 2018
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Healthy Anger or Not

While anger is a normal reaction to a perceived threat or frustrating event; there is a difference between this healthy emotion and full-fledged rage. If you find you are angry frequently about little things at work, at home or a good example would be while driving, you might have a problem.

Some people feel they are at the mercy of their unpredictable angry emotions. Other emotions that play into anger include sadness, disappointment and frustration. Habitual anger is addictive.

Road Rage

Anger Causes Physical Changes

Charles Spielberger PHD, a psychologist, studies and specializes in anxiety and anger. He discusses the physiological and biological changes that occur with anger. The biological changes include an increase heart rate, blood pressure, and your body secretes the energy hormone, which include adrenaline and nor-adrenaline. These are the same hormones that are excreted in the “fight or flight” syndrome.

Substance Abuse and Anger

In the United States, there are approximately 23 million people with substance abuse problems and anger is quite often one of the results or possibly the cause of this problem.There are numerous problems for families also who live with people abusing alcohol or drugs, which cause anger issues. We are seeing a record number of people with some of these consequences:

  • Job loss
  • DUI’s
  • Loss of child custody,
  • Domestic violence
  • Divorce or marital problems
  • Financial problems
  • Incarceration
  • Chronic anger, anxiety and depression
  • Accidents and injuries

Treatment for substance abuse can be very successful, however, anger requires an anger management treatment program, which often is not addressed in substance abuse treatment programs. Anger management issues are unique.These classes are being taught in many prisons today.

Underlying Anger Causes

Underlying causes of anger are numerous. They may include a traumatic event of the past or a current event such as, a boss that is unreasonable. Instinctively, the natural expression of angry is an aggressive response.

It is certainly appropriate if you are being threatened, but often anger can creep up with some small matter and surprise us. In that case, the true cause of the anger may be due to an earlier event where it did not feel safe to vent your frustration.

Lower Tolerance for Frustration

Some people are more easily angered than others, and psychologists state they have a low tolerance for frustration, which means they think they should not have to deal with inconvenience, annoyance or general frustration.

Some people show their anger simply by being grumpy or always irritable, instead of showing their anger in a more demonstrative way. The cause may be genetic, physiological or socio-cultural. Family background certainly plays a role in taking things in stride or low tolerance.

Anger Management Classes

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Anger Management Classes

There are many anger management programs available in most cities and on-line. The goal is to understand your anger and learn to control it. They teach you how to express your feelings in a healthier and more effective way. You learn to use self talk and to stop blaming others for all of your feelings.

Anger management classes use numerous techniques to change your thinking and behavior. You learn to understand primary and secondary feelings, as well as, how events from childhood may affect you. They also teach you new ways to get your needs met.

Free Online Anger Management Class

Summary of Anger Management Tips

Mayo Clinic offers 10 tips for controlling your anger with such simple techniques as in taking a time-out and, then, express your feelings once you have calmed down.

Relaxation therapy and exercise are both helpful in dealing with the stresses that cause angry feelings. If you can identify probable solutions to problems instead of focusing on your anger, you will experience more effective relationships and better problem solving skills. Most importantly, think before you speak!

If you have a problem controlling your anger, get some help. Life is too short to spend it feeling angry and miserable.

Anger Management - Movie CLIP - Rage on a Plane

© 2013 Pamela Oglesby

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Patricia, I really don't like being around people with anger problems as you never know when they are going to erupt. I hope the man got help also. It sounds like he wasn't practicing what Jesus taught. Thanks for your comments and, of course, the angels. Sending you angels too!

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    Patricia Scott 

    5 years ago from sunny Florida

    Pamela

    This is such an important topic. Anger can consume you and ruin your relationships with others. I worked with a young man who was so volatile that an explosion was just a heartbeat away with him. I do not know if he ever got help but this would have certainly been of value to him. It was really sad because he was really active in his church and talked about being a Christian to all who would listen. But most who were not or who were weak in their faith did not want any part of Christianity if those who were Christians acted like he did.

    Voted up Pamela

    Sending you many Angels today :) ps

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    rajajn jolly, I appreciate your comments. I think all of those things offer help for those that want to learn to control their anger.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Very useful information, Pamela. Anger management classes do offer help as does meditation and relaxation techniques.

    voted up and useful.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    pstraubie, I agree as life is to short to waste it away being miserable. Thanks for your comments and I always love the fact that you send angels. You are so thoughtful. I'm sending angels to you also.

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    Patricia Scott 

    5 years ago from sunny Florida

    Pamela

    Your ending is so perfect. Life is too short to let anything keep us from enjoying it to the max. It is sad to see someone whose life is consumed by anger that gnaws away day after day at their joy and peace of mind. Your suggestions here will be helpful to those who use them.

    Sending you many Angels this evening.. :) ps

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Dianne, I hope people who need it recognize their symptoms also. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Mary, I think many people do suffer in silence as they don't know what to do about their situation. I'm glad you found the hub enlightening. Thanks for your comments.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    5 years ago

    I know some people who could use this advice, not being funny, but just being concerned for their health. Great post, Pamela, and hope it reaches those who need the help.

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    Mary Craig 

    5 years ago from New York

    People living with an angry person often suffer in silemce. This well written hub might help them try to deal with the anger and the person. Most of us know little about anger management and this hub is very enlightening. Thank you Pamela.

    Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drbj, That sounds like excellent advice. It seems me that dwelling on the problem does make the anger worse. Good advice. Thanks for your comments.

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    drbj and sherry 

    5 years ago from south Florida

    Excellent hub on managing anger, Pamela. In the past, I have counseled people with anger management issues and the first thing I would advise was to learn how to change your focus immediately when anger arises.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Paula, You should write about that as I am sure you could add a lot to this discussion. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Paula 

    5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    "Anger is one letter short of Danger." Very powerful message. This hub is great, Pam and I do hope that those who might benefit from this, in terms of having a friend or loved with anger control issues, that should seek help.

    Twenty years ago, I remember speaking at a County Forum of Mental Health Professionals and staff members.....plus about 12 men who were in the Man to Man program, due to domestic abuse issues. What an experience it was. You've encouraged me to think about writing about it........Excellently done, Pam...UP+++

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Mzl, It is not always easy but seldom productive. Thanks for your comments.

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    Not Found 

    5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    I try to avoid anger as much as i can but sometimes, this is the only way to release the feeling :) very informative

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Chris, It is a good thing to try to control those feelings of anger, even when the reason is legitimate. It never helps. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Tonipet, I am glad the hub was informative for you and I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Wilbart, I have tried to change my attitude because it is driving sure can be frustrating. If someone is tailgating me I try to change lanes and just get out of their way. Many don't use turn signals, which can also be dangerous. I also hate to see someone switching lanes back and forth really quickly as I think that is dangerous for everyone. I really try not to get upset because it doesn't help the situation. I understand your frustration. Thanks for your comments.

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    carolina muscle 

    5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    yes, the physiological effects of anger are substantial.

    getting a grip on it can only be a good thing, for sure.

    Thanks, Pamela for another interesting read !!

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    Tonette Fornillos 

    5 years ago from The City of Generals

    Very informative, Pamela. I never had idea that habitual anger is addictive. I'm not the "always angry" person, but at times guilty of grouchiness. Thanks for educating us, I learned just reading. My votes up and I'm sharing. Blessings!

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    Wilbart26 

    5 years ago

    Guys I need this every time me and my family or me only went off the road to drive, I always have this road rage thing. But of course I only get angry because of those people who doesn't know how to follow the traffic rules, they are really annoying. There are two things that might happen if they don't follow road rules, it's either I'll be in an awkward situation cause of accident, or them, or someone might also die because one did not follow or respect each. That's why my anger just shoots up... Good thing is that I am not like others who'll just pull a gun and shoot the people on a road rage situation. I still can control myself, but I can't help my self shouting and using bad words because of such people.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Boulism, I'm glad you learned something new from the hub. Thanks for your comment.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Ruchira, It does seem like there are more angry people today. I appreciate your comments.

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    Boulism 

    5 years ago from Short Beach, CT

    I've always wondered what an anger management class actually is, thanks for sharing.

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    Ruchira 

    5 years ago from United States

    useful and interesting hub, Pam.

    Most of our adults in society need this. sharing it across!!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    kashmir, I'm glad you liked the hub and I appreciate the comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    POP, Thanks for the suggestions and your comments.

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    Thomas Silvia 

    5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Great important and useful information within this will written hub. Well done !

    Vote up and more !!!

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    breakfastpop 

    5 years ago

    I think the Obamas should attend one of these classes. Perhaps Hilary should tag along as well. Up, interesting, useful and awesome.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    prasetio, I am glad you learned something from the hub. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    anginwu, It sure can. Thanks for your comments.

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    prasetio30 

    5 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Very inspiring hub. I learn many things about anger management. I know, it's hard to control the anger. Especially for in the pressure condition. Pamela, you come up with solution. I am glad to know this from you. Thank you very much for posting and share with us. Voted up!

    Prasetio

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    anglnwu 

    5 years ago

    Good information. Living with people predisposed to anger outbursts can be very trying. Thanks for sharing.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I would prefer respect over like any day. :-)

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    WillStarr 

    5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    She doesn't like me one bit, but she does respect me, albeit grudgingly.

    ^_*

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Will, That is so true. It is good someone stands up to this woman. Thanks for your comments.

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    WillStarr 

    5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Anger is also a superb manipulation tool, and many families have an anger tyrant they are careful not to cross.

    I have one I deal with all the time, and I am the only one who is willing to tell her no. I am also the only one she respects.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Jainismus, There is some research on infants. Some babies show a higher frustration level when things do not go their way. I think the way we are raised is a big factor as we tend to copy many of the behaviors we learn from our parents. To answer your question, I actually don't think you can say it is hereditary but maybe more a learned behavior. More research may answer the question. Thanks for your question.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Faith, There sure are a lot of angry people, which made this seem like a timely topic. Thanks so much for your comments. God Bless.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Billy, I hope that will be the case. I think there is so much stress in the world today that anger might be a bigger problem than ever before. Thanks for your comments.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    5 years ago from Pune, India

    Is anger hereditary?

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    Faith Reaper 

    5 years ago from southern USA

    Excellent and insightful hub of the benefits of getting one's anger under control! There sure are a lot of angry people in this world, especially right now.

    Voted up +++ and sharing

    God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Such important information, Pamela! Hopefully those who need this will read this and take some suggestions....and then turn their lives around.

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