By: Kris Reece, Counselor, Author, Speaker
Whether you are hot under the collar or a full blown pressure cooker, everyone feels anger. It is the most common emotion we all share. We can feel it from the rising of our body temperature to the unsettled discomfort in our own skin.
Anger can come in many forms mild irritation to righteous indignation. Mom gets angry when she is cut sitting in more traffic than her schedule will allow. Little Timmy gets angry when his big sister sits on his toy. Dad kicks the dog because a coworker is undermining his work. These are just some every day examples of how we all experience anger. It’s inescapable, but one does not have to give in to its demands.
How we respond to anger is a learned trait. We typically learn by what we’ve experienced especially in the home. If Jr. sees Dad getting angry and throwing things this is typically how Jr. will respond in future when he gets angry.
There are two schools of thought.