The Link Between Anger and Trauma

Every new case I work with  I learn more  about the anatomy of anger.  A recent observation is the link between trauma and anger. Although it must be made clear that anger management is a class that teaches skills there is no doubt that some of the time  chronic anger is associated with some traumatic experience. The trauma could be overt or covert. It could be abuse or it could be a associated with a parent who was over bearing and uncaring. What I have observed is that trauma tends to lead to feelings of insecurity or being unsafe, this state of mind then leads to hyper-sensitivity or hyper vigilance to the presence of emotional threat, which in turn leads to a constant or heightened state of being ready for a fight.

Anger is then a symptom of a person who may be deeply insecure and feels the need to constantly protect themselves. To overcome this state of mind will take a combination of therapy and the development of emotional intelligence which will help the individual understand their own emotions as well as the emotions of others learn ways to respond to the world as less of a threat.

By Carlos Todd, LPC, NCC, CAMF http://www.masteringanger.com

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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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