Therapy Toronto Psychotherapy Definitions
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- Anger Management
- The management of anger proves to be difficult for some people, and when anger is unmanaged it can have serious negative effects on our life and the lives of people around us.
The management of anger primarily involves us learning when our anger is healthy.
Anger can be healthy and constructive when we are speaking out to protect others or ourselves in cases of injustice or physical or emotional harm. Its primary function is protective and every human has the anger response hard-wired into the normal set of emotional responses from birth.
Unhealthy anger, often called rage, is the kind of anger which harms others and ourselves. Rage is irrational and represents a failure to keep things in proportion to their significance.
Anger management enables us to avoid unhealthy rage and to use our anger appropriately. Many companies urge employees to undertake anger management work when their unmanaged anger interferes with their capacity to work well and this often is a critical element in success.
It is also indicated in cases of domestic violence including harm to spouses, partners and children. Canadian courts frequently mandate offenders to anger management programs to learn the line between healthy anger and rage.
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