Anger is an emotion that we use to express frustration and occurs when we are under attack, feel betrayed, insulted or frustrated.
If anger is not expressed correctly it can lead to much bigger repercussions. If we subvert, redirect or repress our anger it can have a negative effect on our own well being and the well being of others around us. Anger has a massive affect on the body and can lead to:
- Low self-esteem
- Eating disorders
- Drug and/or alcohol abuse
- Compulsive behaviour
- Sleep problems and insomnia
- Digestive problems (IBS)
- Skin disorders
- Weakened immune system
- Heart problems
- High blood pressure.
People express their anger in many different ways and here are some of the reasons why:
Repressed anger: When people don't know that they are angry but experience side effects such as depression and anxiety.
Unseen anger: When people are aware that they are angry but choose to hide it from others by suppressing it.
Impulsive anger: explosive bursts of anger.
Intentional anger: anger that is used to hurt people via bullying or intimation.
Habitual anger: people who can be angry at anything throughout their day.
Defensive anger: anger that is used to protect ourselves from hurtful comments or actions.
Righteous anger: when people consider their anger to be moral and justified in their fighting for a greater good.
What makes us angry.
The thing that makes us angry is commonly referred to as 'triggers' and here are some examples:
- Grief and bereavement
- Sexual frustration
- Being unable to voice your concerns
- Verbal or physical assaults
- Suffering a blow to self-esteem
- Being interrupted when pursuing a goal
- Having property mistreated
- Physical and mental illnesses
- Hormonal imbalances (both men and women)
- Withdrawals from drugs
- Someone going against a principle that is considered important.
What can therapy do to help?
Counselling can help you identify those triggers that spark anger and help come up with coping strategies, by using such techniques as mindfulness, to help you release tension in a positive and assertive way.
Hypnotherapy can help you reduce the physical sensations of anger and also allow you to use your subconscious mind to explore alternative possibilities to allow you to fully comprehend your anger.
How many sessions will I need?
- For anger management I would always recommend a minimum of six sessions with a review after that time to see if further sessions would be appropriate.
- Anger management sessions will involve:
- Examining your causes and triggers of your anger.
- Developing coping strategies.
- Stress reduction exercises.
- Looking at errors in thinking and how to remove them.
- How to be assertive and not passive or aggressive.
Please note that all thearputic journeys are unique, therefore, results may not be typical for all users.