There are 15 different types of anger and there are many types of courses available. Group courses are best if you already are in counselling and your indvidual needs are covered. Otherwise individual counselling is best, becuase anger is one of the four basic emotions, the others being fear, sad and happy and respond to something which needs to be addressed.
Most courses are based around behavior, being aware of the triggers that cause behavior, the tools to deal with the triggers, including being assertive and setting rules, boundaries and consequences.
The particular program I use for Anger managment is Cognitve Principle Therapy. The focus is on principles, rather than behavior. for example, 90% of anger is due to lack of respect and lack of trust [related to jealousy}. It is based on the following anger cycle:
- Activating event [the trigger]
- Underlying lack of control [based on lack of respect]
- Lack of control [feels inadequate]
- Tries to force control by arguing [to force respect]
- Feels frustrated [no respect felt]
- Feels angry [no respect felt]
- Becomes abusive [tries to force respect]
The main area of difference in the Cognitive Principle Therapy couse is that it is focused on creating new habits, not tryng to change old habits. A new habit can be created in 2 days and attached to the old habit and a change can happen in one week. Where clients want to change, and some don't if they are forced through interventon orders to come to counselling, then 80% of my clients show a reduction in anger after one week of counselling.
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