Adult Anger Management

Dr. Purushothaman
October 6, 2013

Adult anger management classes and techniques have picked up in popularity over the course of the past few years. As an adult, it is quite likely that you have experienced some form of anger in your lifetime. Believe it or not, this is actually considered to be quite normal. It is a healthy emotion that is expressed by humans. Unfortunately, it is quite easy to allow our anger to get out of control. When this occurs, many problems may arise. With adult anger management, you can learn to recognize physical and emotional signs that your anger is getting out of control, and learn healthy, nonviolent approaches to control the situation. Anger management is more less an equipping of coping mechanisms that you can use so that this emotion does not control you, others, and your life as a whole.

Who Attends Anger Management?

Anyone may attend anger management classes if they feel as if they have a problem coping with their emotions. Many individuals who have been convicted of certain violent crimes may be instructed by a judge to attend these types of classes. In many cases, parents may be informed that they should attend courses that teach them coping mechanisms on dealing with emotions that they have. While it is true that many individuals are referred to adult anger management classes, there are still a large number of individuals that attend because of the fact that they recognize that they have a problem and simply want to reach out for help.

The Impact of Anger

Both medical and mental health professionals agree that anger is a core emotion that is experienced by all people at one point or another in their lives. Early in childhood, we learn to express our frustration and dissatisfaction through the means of anger. Many of us will mimic the behavior of the adults around us as children, and some of us will create our own standard of expressing this emotion as we experience it firsthand. Unfortunately, we are often taught that anger is inappropriate and unadvised - though there can be some positive things that emerge from the anger that we experience.

As an individual grows to believe that the emotions that they are experiencing when they become angry are inappropriate, they have the potential to lock down these feelings inside of them. As time progresses, this can lead to negative behaviors and consequences. Most of the time, this ends up coming out in an inappropriate fit of rage, violence, in a way that is harmful towards others, and even in ways that are harmful to one's self. The purpose and intent of adult anger management classes are to provide individuals with coping mechanisms for their anger. This type of course will provide one with positive strategies for the emotions that they are experiencing as they deal with anger in their personal lives.

What Topics Are Common To Adult Anger Management?

There are a number of topics that are common to adult anger management classes. The following details some examples of what you may learn in this type of educational environment:

1. The basic psychology behind anger.

2. Physiological aspects of anger.

3. Anger styles - how they are learned, how they are expressed, and how they can be changed.

4. How to recognize anger symptoms.

5. Strategies for coping with anger.


If you or someone that you love suffers from irrational thoughts, behaviors, and feelings as a direct result of anger, it may be time to reach out and seek assistance. One of the best ways that you can do this is by considering classes that specialize in adult anger management.


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