Anger Management

What is anger?

Anger is a normal human emotion! Anger is often misunderstood as a primarily negative emotion that results in aggressive or unhealthy behavior. However, anger can be positive in many ways! Anger can be:

  • Natural
  • Protective
  • Motivating
  • Self-preserving
  • Energizing

When is anger a problem?

Anger becomes unhealthy when it interferes with your daily life or relationships. Your anger may be a problem if you:

  • Feel out of control when you are angry
  • Fear your behavior when you are angry
  • Physically attack someone when you are angry
  • Use alcohol or drugs to manage your anger
  • Feel angry or aggressive when you drink alcohol or use drugs
  • Recently lost a relationship because of your anger
  • Have ever faced legal problems because of your anger
  • Struggle to concentrate because of your anger

How can counseling help me with my anger?

Anger is a basic human emotion. Our expression of emotions is influenced by many factors, such as our family, ethnicity, culture, religious beliefs, gender, social status, and social expectations. We learn about anger through these relationships and experiences. This is where we begin in helping you understand your anger.

Exploring your anger can be difficult, because anger sometimes covers other more vulnerable emotions, such as hurt, rejection, or sadness. It is important to recognize the connections between your anger and other issues. These include trauma, alcohol use, substance use, aggression, grief, sexual assault, rape, depression, eating disorders, thoughts of suicide, and/ or anxiety. Counseling can help you uncover these deeper emotions and begin to understand how your anger can serve as a signal for unmet needs.

If you think you may have a problem with your anger, register for an initial appointment with the Texas A&M Student Counseling service. Our trained counselors will assess your concerns and make recommendations regarding how to best meet your needs for treatment.

What will I learn in counseling?

Anger management counseling is designed to help you understand your:

  • Anger triggers
  • Anger pattern
  • Anger purpose

You may learn healthy relationship skills that will help you:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Set healthy boundaries
  • Feel empathy for others
  • Have realistic expectations of others
  • Forgive others

Counseling may also help you develop coping skills such as:

  • Recognition and expression of needs
  • Emotional and physical self-care
  • Use of emotional retreats
  • Stress and anxiety management

Where can I learn more about anger and anger management?