Anger is an emotion that we all experience from time to time. Anger can be very motivating if channeled correctly. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded by mothers who were angry about losing a child because of a drunk driver on the road. They were angry. They had lost children and other loved ones because someone had made a bad choice to drink and drive but these mothers banded together and used their anger to change the laws in our country to reduce the number of tragedies by forcing tougher legislation for driving while under the influence of alcohol and substances. Laws were enacted because these advocates were in pain and angry and did not want other mothers to have to experience their anguish. These mothers and advocates directed their anger towards a common goal that has saved innumerable lives.
When anger is not channeled positively, it can be dangerous and hurtful and out of control. When an individual experiences this type of anger, it is the emotion controlling the person. Anger management teaches people how to regain control over their anger. Your FPA therapist will share many techniques with you in session to reclaim command of anger. Patients learn to become aware of the warning signs of anger and develop a plan to remove themselves from the triggering events and recover control.