From mild frustration to full blown rage, we all experience it at some point or another. Anger is a natural feeling and managing it is important for emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing. When difficulties with anger management occur, anger begins to have significantly negative impacts on an individual’s life including work, personal wellbeing as well as relationships with friends, partners and families.

A large proportion of anger management issues stem from childhood experiences. Traumatic or adverse childhood experiences, exposure to domestic violence, as well as other childhood memories can lead to the development of anger and anger management issues in adulthood.\

Additionally, children tend to model and adopt the behaviours of their families and close adults around them. Growing up in a family where anger is the usual way of communicating with others is not helpful. Many relationships suffer when one partner or both try to resolve issues with angry outbursts at each other. Often many of these relationships break up and in the next relationship the angry partner continues the same destructive pattern.

Children are often affected by family breakup or by witnessing the fighting. Some children learn to avoid anger and as adults they may never get their needs met. This can lead to resentment and problems in relationships. A negative attitude and avoidance of issues can lead to isolation from others and an unhappy life.

By learning different techniques to control your anger as well as different patterns of communication, you can discover that your needs can be met without angry outbursts. Learning relaxation techniques that calm our bodies and minds is part of the solution.

With over thirty years’ experience Margaret McDonald can teach you ways to control your anger and to learn different ways to communicate with others without anger. Please don’t hesitate to phone our office on 3862 8833 or email reception@mmcdonald.com.au.

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