How do I know if I really need anger management classes?
How do you know if you need help with anger management? This question comes up in my class many times. Sometimes people think it’s not them that should be in class. Sometimes students can’t believe they let so much time go by before making a change. And, other times, students never knew they had a problem. So, how can you tell? The good news is that an anger management class is not only for “angry” people. That’s a common misconception. Anger management is a class that focuses on anger but involves learning how to communicate and deal with many emotions. It teaches you how to deal with stress and how to recognize when you’re getting overwhelmed. So what are some signs that anger management might be right for you? Here is a few ways you can do a self-check.
-You describe yourself as having a “short fuse.”
-You have trouble with authority
-You frequently feel that you have to hold in your anger.
-You seem irritable often and can’t figure out why
-You have numerous arguments with people around you, especially your partner, parents, children or colleagues.
-You feel guilty after your reactions to people
-You have trouble maintaining positive relationships
-You have a hard time focusing because your preoccupied with arguments or fights with others
-You find yourself involved in fights often.
-You hit your partner or children.
-You threaten violence to people or property.
-You have outbursts where you break or throw things.
-You lose your temper when driving and become reckless.
-You think about getting help sometimes but never do.
Remember, these can be signs of many things going on in your life. But anger management can be a good start or addition to getting help if even one of these things rings true for you.
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