Do you find it difficult dealing with your anger and does your way of expressing anger harm you or those around you? Anger is a normal emotion that everyone goes through but it is how you deal with or react to the anger that determines if you have a problem. Many people have anger management problems and they exhibit different behavior patterns ranging from passive aggressive behavior to physical aggression and psychological problems.
Identifying healthy anger
It is important to know what healthy anger is so that you find out if you have a problem. Healthy anger can be defined as a proportional and deliberate response to a clear or present need. This type of anger is an essential tool for survival and it is functional for attaining valid goals. Anger only becomes unhealthy or dysfunctional when it is against the higher values or it works against the individuals best interests. Anger is an instinctive physiological reaction that can be a sign that something could be wrong.
Anger control problems
Anger disorders or control problems, also called anger management problems are harmful or dysfunctional behaviors in the way individuals react to or handle anger. Dysfunctional anger is often destructive and it does not lead to doing the right thing. It is often inappropriate and out of proportion in the circumstances. This type of anger is often harmful and it is unnecessary in most cases. Anger management problems occur when people get angry very often, even though only they may be affected.
Consult professional help when needed
Feeling angry or exhibiting aggressive behavior does not necessarily indicate that the individual has a problem with anger. The issue comes in if the anger is too powerful or intense or if it occurs too often and lasts for too long. It is also a problem if the anger interferes with your life or the life of those around you. If you have noticed a pattern of anger that is harmful, it is clear that you have an anger management problem and you need professional help.