It’s My Behavior, Not My Anger

An individual will eventually become angry when provoked the wrong way. When a person becomes angry, this should not be viewed as a bad thing. People are entitled to express angry emotions because anger is a natural and legitimate response to a provocation. The problem is not that we exercise our right to be angry, but that we sometimes express our anger in an inappropriate way. When a person seeks anger management training, s/he might think, “I need help controlling my anger.” The fact is, expressing an angry emotion is OK. What some individuals lack are skills they can use to control their “behavior” when they become angry. It’s the manner in which anger is expressed that is problematic, not anger. Wouldn’t you agree?  docsmb

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Dr. Bartley is a licensed professional counselor supervisor in the state of Texas. He holds doctorates in Counselor Education and Supervision and in Theology. Dr. Bartley is a Certified Anger Management Specialist IV (CAMS-IV), a member, consultant, and diplomat of the National Anger Management Association. Dr. Bartley's newest workbook,"Peace Be Still! Calming the Anger Storms Within" is available. This workbook offers a biblical perspective on anger management and includes Scripture meditation, prayers, and daily action steps. This resource is available for $20 (plus S & H). Please contact Dr. Bartley at dr.smb@hotmail.com
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