An anger management class is very effective for those who experience difficulty in controlling negative emotions. Parents, executives, teenagers and even elementary age children can benefit from learning how to deal with aggression and hostility in an effective manner. These classes can be taken voluntarily but are sometimes a part of a court order or school suggestion.
The main purpose of a class such as this is to teach individuals the safest and most effective ways to keep from having outbursts and rages. Steps that can be taken include leaving the immediate area to cool down, taking deep breaths and counting to ten or voicing a legitimate complaint to a parent, teacher or work superior. Calming and relaxation techniques can be learned but they do take practice and a willingness to learn.
Methods of controlling emotions are very important to keep all involved safe, to maintain relationships and family structures and to keep stress levels to a minimum.
Often the real cause of the distress may be hidden so deep that therapy is required in addition to these classes. For example, a young mother may have a problem with yelling at her small children for minor infractions but the real issue may be that she feels trapped or unappreciated.
Controlling strong emotions isn’t just about the individual with the anger problem but more about the other people around him such as classmates, co-workers, children or parents. The disruptive behavior will not just affect the raging child in the classroom but even more, keeps the other children from learning the skills and lessons the school is trying to teach them. A disruptive employee slows down sales and production and an out-of-control teen can turn a close-knit family into a dysfunctional unit very quickly and easily.
Anger management techniques are all about controlling emotions which will keep negative reactions to a stressful situation or interaction to a minimum. Teachers, employers and parents would also benefit from taking the courses as it will teach them how to deal with volatile personalities. Reacting to an angry person with the same behavior can be highly destructive and counterproductive.
Written materials, workbooks and class notes should be kept on hand by the student even after the classes are complete so they will be available for quick reference if necessary. Learning how to cope with strong emotions takes commitment and an understanding of the dangers of uncontrolled anger. Keeping these materials on hand for necessary review may be instrumental in diffusing a future episode of aggressive behavior.
Taking an anger management class shows a willingness to learn and grow. Individuals who embark on a quest to discover what ignites these outbursts and what can be done to prevent them are taking steps to prevent the disruption of classes, work areas and family units. Those who take the classes because they are not given any other option can learn from the instruction and hopefully learn new coping mechanisms and prevent future incidents.
By: Dr. Joe James
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