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Learn Why Anger Management Might Be Right for You

by Dr. Ari Novick August 8, 2011

Who Takes Anger Management Classes?
Contrary to popular belief, anger management classes are taken by a variety of people for numerous reasons.  Most people have falsely come to the conclusion that people that take anger classes are hostile, raging lunatics that have been mandated by the court for the ill, hot tempered behavior.  This notion couldn't be farther from the truth.  Regardless of why one decides to take an anger management class, most participants will all agree that their anger has caused problems in relationships that really meant something to them.  They are now seeking help either on their own accord or because they got into some legal trouble.

What Does One Learn in Anger Management?
Again, some misconceptions here.  Anger Management classes really teaches some important life skills rather than trying to teach people how not to be angry anymore.  The problem with trying to not get angry is that it is impossible.  Why?  Simply because anger is a normal human emotion.  We all get angry, just like we all feel hurt, happy, sad, scared or loved.  These classes are aimed at teaching skills in improving communication, empathy, stress management, forgiveness, and much more.  Participants should expect to walk away from each class with a new coping skill.  Anger management is skill based, so practice makes perfect.

Do Anger Management Classes Really Work?
Well, most of the research that has been done has been on either the mentally retarded, substance abuse, or prison populations.  What we do know is that any program that uses a cognitive-behaviorally oriented approach is usually work well so long as they have proven interventions.  Quality programs  can even be found by taking online anger management classes or by contacting a Century Anger Management certified provider in your local area.

How Long Does a Program Take to Complete?
Most standard anger management programs are about eight to twelve weeks or hours in length.  It is best to spread out the classes so that it will one time to learn the lesson and integrate it into ones life.  Anger management is a journey in self-help and healing.  Like anything, it can't be learned overnight or instantly.  There are no "quick fixes" or magic pills for better managing and controlling anger.  The skills must be learned and practiced over time.  Eventually they will become second nature and easy to implement when one does get upset.  Try a class for yourself and see if it makes a different.  I suspect it will!

About the author

Ari Novick, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Anger Management Professional and trainer.

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