Anger is an emotion distinguished by strong negative feelings toward someone or something. Everyone feels anger or frustration at times. Anger can be constructive and gives people a way to express their emotions. But if you have trouble controlling your anger, it can quickly become destructive and impact your quality of life and mental and physical health. If you are having problems with anger (for example, trouble with the law, physical violence or the threat of physical violence, breaking things, or driving dangerously) you may want to take steps to work on it.
Seeing a mental health professional who specialized in anger management can be very beneficial. Anger management won’t try to keep you from feeling angry; anger is a normal, healthy emotion. But when you can learn to recognize the signs that you’re becoming angry, you can implement learned strategies to calm down and deal with the situation.
How individuals express their anger
How individuals react to anger depends on various factors which include the following; the individual’s current life-situation, particularly if they are dealing with various issues or stress, may make it more difficult to control their anger, if they have a family history, grew-up with, anger issues such as parents arguing or fighting as a child, past events which they have experienced may have made them angry without an outlet for expressing this and they may still be trying to handle these past angry feelings, some individuals express anger verbally which involves shouting, swearing, threats as well as name-calling, other individuals may react violently, lashing out physically, hitting, pushing or breaking things and some show anger passively by ignoring others or sulking.
Individuals who hide their anger or even take their anger out on themselves may find it increasingly difficult to express and let out their anger. Turning anger inwards can lead to self-harm as a way of handling with the intense feelings.