Anger

Why Adults Throw Toddler Temper Tantrums

by on January 15, 2018

“This is ridiculous,” James said after witnessing his soon-to-be ex-wife losing it because she didn’t get her way. She sounded like a 2-year-old who didn’t get a piece of candy with the same level of irrational reasoning. Her arms were flinging around, she threw a few small objects, her voice raised a couple of octaves,… (more…)

19 Things to Do with Anger Other Than Explode

by on January 6, 2018

Mitchell was furious after leaving the front office. A student reported this anger outburst with her mother to administration. Upon finding her in the hallway, he unleashed on the student calling her stupid and belittling her. When she tried to get away, he abused his authority to keep her present and continued his harassment for… (more…)

Healthy and Unhealthy Expressions of Anger

by on October 12, 2017

Anger is expressed in one of four ways. Three out of the four types are unhealthy manifestations: aggressive, passive-aggressive and suppressive.  While only one, assertive is healthy. Most people remain consistently in one or two categories depending on the circumstances. For instance, a person might be aggressive at home (because they are more comfortable) but… (more…)

Three Ways Parents Create Anger in Kids

by on October 12, 2017

The best way to understand this concept is through a story. Ulla complained about her 6-year-old son’s angry behavior so she brought him in for an appointment. At first he seemed fine but then threw a temper tantrum when he did not get his way. “You make me so angry,” he said in direct reference… (more…)

10 Warning Signs a Relationship Is Going Sour

by on March 15, 2017

Hindsight is 20/20 vision when it comes to the fall of a relationship. What was once overlooked, minimized, explained away, or discounted now becomes an obvious sign of a deteriorating relationship. At first they seemed so charming, helpful, generous, innocent, and gentle but then things turned and an entirely different picture became apparent. Charming converted… (more…)

Why are You Instantly Angry Over Little Stuff?

by on March 27, 2013

Anger happens.  You are driving down the left side of highway slightly faster than normal because you are already late and suddenly someone cuts right in front of you causing you to slam on your breaks and almost hit their vehicle.  Instantly, you are angry.  Or your spouse promises he will be home by a… (more…)

How Anger Fuels Addictive Behavior

by on March 5, 2013

Are your clients caught in a downward addiction spiral causing helplessness and frustration?  While there are many reasons for addictive behavior, certain emotions such as anger can fuel the addictive cycle. This in turn increases the intensity of the emotion and amplifies distructive behavior resulting in an out of control moment. Here are some examples…. (more…)

Marriage Tip: Detach from the Ranting

by on January 14, 2013

Your spouse is going to rant about something sooner or later.  Unfortunately the ranting may even be about the same topic, the same people, or the same circumstances you have heard about a thousand times before.  In your response, you are likely to fall into a pattern of defending, explaining, shutting down, minimizing or personalizing… (more…)

Why are you so angry?

by on August 25, 2012

It happens.  You are driving down the left side of highway slightly faster than normal because you are late.  Suddenly someone cuts you off causing the breaks to be slamed and almost results in an accident.  Instantly, feelings of rage emerge. Or your spouse promises they will be home by a certain time. You make… (more…)

The Power of Unforgiveness

by on August 24, 2012

College towns are hard to get around just on foot because of the distance between classes and dorms, so as a college student, I took up bike riding.  One day while riding in the street, granted I was riding in the opposite direction of traffic which is strangely prophetic of my college years, my wheel… (more…)

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