Anger is a healthy and normal emotion. However, it is also considered to be one of the most destructive and passionate human emotions. If not managed effectively, anger can lead to devastating effects not only on the individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual functioning, but also in his or her network of relationships.
Some of the common symptoms of anger include the following:
- Explosive outbursts leading to physical attacks or destruction of property
- Rapid and harsh judgments made to or about others
- Use of body language such as tense muscles, clenched fist or jaw, glaring looks, or refusal to make eye contact
- Biological changes such as headaches, muscle aches, high blood pressure, and sometimes heart-attack or stroke
- Psychological effects include anxiety, depression, eating disorders and substance abuse
- Social withdrawal
- Authority is challenged or disrespected
- Verbally abusive language is often utilized
Many individuals who struggle with anger have a hard time recognizing that it may be their own beliefs and standards that could be contributing to their anger. There are always going to be people and situations that test one’s level of tolerance. If you or anyone you know may be challenged in this area, there are several treatment options available through Genesis Counseling Center.
Anger management counseling, in particular, has been proven to be highly effective. It is specifically designed for resolving conflicts in a healthy manner using tools such as frustration-tolerance training, self-awareness, meditation, and relaxation techniques. Other forms of treatment include free emotional expression through journaling and letter writing. A therapist may also work with you through learning the art of forgiveness and eventually experiencing the freedom you have always desired. When anger is managed effectively, the benefits are enormous: improved relationships, positive self-esteem, happier emotions, and most of all, a renewed relationship with Christ. We therefore encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity soon.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.“ Ephesians 4:31-32
Article By Lydia Sagar, Psy.D
Edited By Sarah Warner, M.S. 2017