Some of the most profound research on the issue of violence has come from James Gilligan. In his book, Preventing Violence, Mr. Gilligan draws from his experience in the prisons and prison mental hospital in Massachusetts as former Director of Psychiatric Services. He was also on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for over 25 years. […]
As we consider the topic of violence, it is important that we understand the role of anger as it relates to aggressive or violent acts.
As I have attempted to surface some current research and strategies to deal with anger, I do hope the past few weeks of posts have been helpful. But what happens when anger turns uglier? Today’s post begins looking at violence, specifically, how to prevent it.
One of the most significant problems with anger is when an angry person escalates it until it gets out of control. This happens in families, in relationships, in the workplace and certainly in the streets. Raging anger can lead to long-term destruction: the drive to seek revenge, to fuel ongoing anger, or to find ways to keep […]
When we think about out-of-control anger, we tend to think about it as an adult problem. However, some children have verbal or physical outbursts that frighten parents and caregivers.
We have been discussing the topic of anger in many different ways in my last series of posts. Some may think that anger is benign in its impact as long as no one “gets hurt.” However, it is interesting to think about what some researchers are saying about the impact of anger on children.
Parenting can be very difficult. When a child is misbehaving or acts emotionally out-of-control, parents can become so exasperated that they “lose it” and say or do things that they wish they had not.
In my last post, we discussed the importance of knowing your anger triggers. Many triggers can cause us to respond with intense anger, which can be extremely destructive to our relationships. What about the person who learned responses of anger as a part of the core beliefs of his or her family?
My last few posts have discussed ways to deal with anger using “after-the-fact” anger strategies, when an episode of anger has already occurred. But what are triggers that prompt an episode of anger?