As our economy continues to decline, there is a dramatic increase in referrals to anger management coaching programs. It is generally recognized that stress is rampant among persons who have lost jobs, faced foreclosures and other consequences of a down economy. The holiday period exacerbates these stresses.

Anger is a secondary emotion that is always preceded by some other emotion. Generally, it is stress that precedes anger. As we become overloaded with stress, or become burned out, our potential for person-directed anger tends to lead to aggressive behavior.

In contrast to previous holiday periods, this holiday season is generating an unprecedented number of men who are mandated to attend anger management classes or coaching by their significant others. These clients tend to be highly motivated to change as they see their relationships are at risk.

While anger is a normal human emotion, it is a problem when:

·It impacts, damages or destroys interpersonal relationships

·Occurs too frequently

·Lasts too long

·Is too intense

·Has health consequences

Anger management coaching on an individual basis is more effective and focused than any intervention that is offered in groups. Some experienced, well-established anger management coaches are offering these services on-site nationwide.

By George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAP

Anger Management Institute of Texas is a Certified Anderson & Anderson® Provider

Anger Management Classes and Executive Coaching available in Houston, Texas.

Gregory A. Kyles, M.A., LPC, CEAP, CAMF
Director, Anger Management Institute of Texas
Diplomate, President of Texas Chapter
American Association of Anger Management Providers

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