Anger Management Melbourne
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves – Carl Jung
Anger and it’s harmful effects
We can all lose our temper at times. Whether it’s a backhanded compliment, or outright rage, it becomes an issue if it’s affecting ourselves, our partners, and others in our lives. Research has shown that up to 70% of inmates in prison were reported to have witnessed violence amongst their primary caregivers. Moreover, aggressive behaviour is also proven to have serious impacts on our physical health, increasing the chance of heart conditions twofold.
Do I have an anger issue?
While it’s normal that everyone get’s angry, a low frustration tolerance (LFT), can make seemingly benign annoyances, lead to full blown out aggressive rage. The effects on relationships to breakdown can be catastrophic, it can cause others to be fearful of you, or the inverse, where one turns the anger inwards.
Types of Anger
Anger manifests in many ways. Fernandez (2008), identified six dimensions of what he termed as anger “anger expression”. These are:
- Direction of anger (internal vs external)
- Reactionary anger (retaliatory vs resistant)
- The type of anger (physical vs verbal)
- The impulsivity of anger (controlled vs uncontrolled)
- Motive of anger (restorative vs punitive)
These can all result in a myriad of problems, such as aggressive verbal and physical behaviours, stonewalling and ignoring in order to punish, turned inward in a repressed manner, sarcasm, and controlling behaviours.
How Can Anger Management in Melbourne help?
I use an integrative holistic approach for anger management and tailor a treatment plan specifically to your needs, using an approach and styles best suited to you. This can range from talk therapy, to deeper psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
This may involve looking for patterns in the past, healing pain from the past, or a cognitive approach can be used to help identify beliefs resulting in the anger. Understanding the root cause of the anger, can provide you with a sense of self mastery, helping you become more aware of triggers as they arise. Once these triggers are identified, using different strategies, physiological changes in your body, as well as thoughts associated with the event, can be altered. This, ultimately helps develop the skill of effectively communicating to those around you.
Anger can have a big impact on your life. You don’t have to fight your anger problems alone, and you can greatly improve the quality of life by learning how to cope with your anger. Contact my office today, and start the journey to learn to control your anger, instead of it controlling you.
Ready to Make a Change?
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