Psychology Today: Five Ways to Deal with Anger

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In a previous post, I wrote about why people get angry. There’s a fairly predictable pattern based on your mood, the provocation, and your interpretation of that provocation (which is influenced by your mood). What follows all that is the anger response which can look a lot of different ways (anything from suppression to appropriate assertion to violence).

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Anger Management Tip: Imagery

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Learning to relax is obviously a useful strategy for dealing with unwanted anger.  There are lots of ways to relax, however (see here for examples of mediation, deep breathing, and taking timeouts).  One of the best is to use visual imagery where you visualize a relaxing experience from your memory or your imagination (a trip the the beach, a hike in the woods, etc.).

In fact, if you’re not good at coming up with visualizations on your own, you can even find a few websites with free visualization scrips for you to practice with (see here for an example).

Anger Management Tip: Meditate

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Many people think of guided meditation as a particular type of relaxation technique.  While it is relaxing, it has the potential to be even more useful than that.  Relaxation has its effect on by decreasing physiological arousal (you can’t be angry and relaxed at the same time).  Meditation, however, has the added benefit of offering an opportunity to think through your feelings in a healthy way.

Click her to give it a try: Guided Meditation for Anger

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