Though emotions are natural human responses to situations, when they get out of control or become unhealthy to how a person is able to interact in social situations, at work or with family, individuals should seek help for the behavior. Anger is motivated from a present dissatisfaction and hurt feelings, while rage is usually from a build up of anger. Rage is a type of anger, but it is on an extreme side of the spectrum.
Generally there are two types of anger problems, either passive or aggressive types. Passive-anger types may not be able to express anger and may not even realize they are angry until the pent up emotion explodes. Passivity may be marked by a person resenting others behind their backs, giving the silent treatment, writing anonymous complaints, evading conflict and other passive behavior.
More aggressive-anger types are those who express anger and rage easily. It may be good to at first openly express feelings of anger, but after a while of frequently expressing anger, it can hurt relationships and may not make the person who is angry any less angry. Some characteristics of aggression may be threats, destructiveness, unjustly blaming others, showing off; having unpredictable or explosive reactions to small problems, ignoring other’s needs, or destroying objects.
Everyone gets angry, but if while angry you or someone you care about does things that hurt others, does regrettable things, gets in trouble with law enforcement, or uses anger where it intimidates or threatens others, anger management therapies can be of benefit. Get help if relationships are being negatively impacted or if those around a person who has trouble controlling their anger feel threatened or afraid of how someone may react to situations. Those who have trouble expressing anger may benefit by learning how to express their feelings in a healthy, constructive way.
Different behavioral therapies can help individuals learn techniques for controlling their anger and rage. Some techniques might include learning how to relax, solve problems, and how to respond to stressors. Self-study and role-play are a couple ways Ms. Schechtman or Dr. Drutman can work with individuals and teach them ways to control anger. By learning what triggers someone’s anger and learning to recognize what signals may indicate they are getting angry, people can become proactive about preventing any overwhelming emotions.
To learn more or get in contact with us at the Atlanta Behavioral Consultants, please call Marsha Schechtman, LCSW at 770.753.4911 or Howard Drutman, Ph.D. at 678.867.7020.