The Devil made me do it!
Most anger management class sessions start with students introductions. They say their name and why they have come to the group. Many times the initial motivation for attending is an outside entity. It could be their spouse, a close friend, a job requirement, or mandated by the courts. No one is very excited to start.
Through the process of learning tools to manage their anger and stress levels, most people tend to learn that there is only one person they need to focus on—themselves! Part of the maturation process at in anger management classes and in life is learning how to take personal responsibility.
It is natural to blame others when anger or conflicts become unmanageable. Learning how to acknowledge culpability in conflicts is often a very difficult process. It takes an openness and vulnerability that is often very uncomfortable. A starting point to change one’s thinking is this: If a person looks back at all the conflicts that they have had throughout their lifetime, what is the one constant piece to each conflict? THAT PERSON! So, whether they like it or not, they have a responsibility in all of their life. I find that once a person can truly understand this, it is very empowering. They have the power and ability to change it.
After some time in of anger management counseling, most people start to introduce themselves by saying that while “ordered,” or “ suggested” to come in by another person, they need to be there to straighten out some of the ways they handle themselves! A big difference from the devil made me do it!
Daybreak Counseling Service is a premium provider of anger management instruction. We have offices in Gardena, Califronia, serving Los Angeles and the South Bay. For more information please call 855-662-6437 or visit www.daybreakservices.com