Everyone gets angry from time to time, but when it starts to control your life, it’s time for help. At Gordon Psychology Group, the team of mental health experts, led by Dr. William Gordon, helps clients in Laguna Hills, California, learn how to control their anger, helping them lead more peaceful, happier lives. If you want to face the world with less anger, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to schedule an appointment.
There’s no simple answer to this question as anger takes many different forms with a variety of outcomes. Everyone gets angry, and often for good reason: Someone cuts you off on the highway or, more seriously, betrays you in some way. It’s how you react — your anger — that is of concern.
Biologically, anger is an important part of the human’s fight-or-flight response and it brings on physical effects, such as:
These physical components to anger are one side of the equation, while your reactions make up the other half. For example, you may respond to your anger with aggression, or you may repress it, essentially bottling it up inside and redirecting it. Some people are able to calm their anger, which has its advantages and disadvantages.
A healthy response to anger is one that’s assertive without being aggressive. You need to be heard and understood; by asserting yourself with respect to others, you can express your anger in a way that’s productive and healthy.
If, however, you become overly aggressive, you may find yourself in a world where you’re unable to sustain healthy relationships. On the other end of the scale, repressing your anger has both mental and physical side effects. Repressed anger leads to stress and cardiovascular issues and it also may cause you to redirect your anger inappropriately.
The bottom line is that if your anger rules your existence in considerable ways, preventing you from enjoying a joyful life with good relationships, anger management can help you better handle life’s inevitable disappointments.
At Gordon Psychology Group, the team of mental health experts arms you with the tools you need to avoid dangerous and unhealthy responses to anger by expressing yourself in a way that encourages healthier communication. To do this, they turn to:
Your treatment will depend upon the effect that your anger has on your life, where it stems from, and how you’re processing it.
If you’d like to lead a more peaceful life, call Gordon Psychology Group to learn more about anger management. Or you can use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.