Anger Management Services in Phoenix, AZ
Hypnosis Therapy for Anger Management
As with all emotions, anger is a natural part of the human experience. From feelings of anxiety and frustration to becoming irate and seeing red, we are all born with a natural predisposition to experience all degrees of anger. At Doc Hypnosis, we proudly provide Phoenix, AZ residents with highly effective anger management counseling proven to provide more emotional balance and improve their overall quality of life. Let us help you better understand the complex emotions stemming from your anger! We have compiled a list of questions we frequently receive regarding anger and its effects on our health and overall well-being. Learn more about the different types of anger, their effect on your everyday life, and how hypnosis therapy can help.
Recognizing When Anger Is a Problem
Anger is defined as an immense feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility and is very much an intense and challenging emotion to control for many reasons. What makes anger particularly difficult to manage is that it can take on many forms and, depending on the circumstance, can trigger both emotional and physiological reactionary responses. Personal factors such as background, beliefs, life experiences, and temperament can directly influence how a person responds to their anger. While intense feelings of anger are completely normal, it’s important to recognize the signs of it becoming problematic. Read on for more in-depth information on anger and explore if anger management therapy is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
On the one hand, being angry can be constructive and beneficial, leading us to take positive action to meet a short-term goal or remedy a difficult situation. On the other hand, anger can often reveal itself in a toxic and destructive manner that causes people to lose control of their emotions, putting themselves and others in harm’s way. Destructive anger can take the form of passive-aggression, sarcasm, and cold anger to verbal abuse, hostility, and physical aggression.
While anger is a natural part of life, experiencing intense anger frequently – a condition known as high-trait anger – can begin to have a negative effect on our physical bodies. When left unmanaged, the emotional aspects of chronic, high-trait anger can slowly cause physical damage and compromise the body’s ability to regulate internal functions. Keeping chronic anger unchecked will inevitably lead to an increased risk of developing significant health complications, such as hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer.
There are many common myths and misunderstandings surrounding anger, and it’s important to distinguish fact from fiction. Some of the common myths involving anger include:
- Anger is only a negative emotion
- Anger is only caused by others
- Venting anger is a healthy way to let off steam
- Ignoring anger eliminates the problem
- Anger management only suppresses the problem
Although anger is an emotion in and of itself, it can manifest in many different ways, involving many intricate feelings. Anger can vary in intensity, whether felt from guilt and shame, during times of unfairness, or in moments of impatience or extreme emotional distress. Fear, sadness, anxiety, disappointment, uncertainty, and many other feelings can all be rooted in one’s anger.
Yes. Some people experience intense fits of anger all at once for a very short time, while anger in others may be less severe but occur more frequently. Since so many varying factors can cause anger, it can present itself in different ways and take on many forms.
Anger typically falls under one of three categories: passive aggression, open aggression, and assertive anger. A passive-aggressive person triggered by their anger avoids confrontation and behaves in resentful or opposing ways that conceal what’s truly wrong, usually in an attempt to remain in control. Open aggression is the polar opposite of passive aggression, referring to an emotional response to anger causing someone to behave with hostility, whether in the form of verbal abuse or physical harm to others.
While passive aggression and open aggression are unhealthy forms of anger rooted in a desire for control, assertive anger is the ideal approach to managing one’s anger. Assertive anger refers to an individual acknowledging they are upset and making a conscious effort to resolve the situation in a civil manner.
Anger is a deeply personal and often overwhelming emotion caused by any number of circumstances. Anger can occur very quickly all at once from one singular event, such as someone causing harm, being wronged, or being made to feel inferior. Anger can also compound slowly and manifest over time, whether from stress, financial hardship, poor living conditions, or recollecting painful memories. These triggers, genetics, lifestyle choices, and upbringing all play a part in developing anger disorders and how people cope with their anger. What Causes Anger?
Anger is a cycle typically broken down into five stages: the trigger, escalation, crisis, recovery, and depression.
- Trigger – The trigger refers to the cause that leads to an emotional response of anger.
- Escalation – A reaction of anger causes the body to react to confrontation in the form of elevated heart rate and faster breathing.
- Crisis – As the body continues to respond physically, the mind may lose the ability to see reason, leading to a potentially irrational time of crisis.
- Recovery – The crisis stage will eventually peak, allowing your body to cool off and reach a recovery stage.
- Depression – The recovery stage lets the body and mind settle back into a calm state, allowing rationality and judgment to return.
Anger has its benefits. Moments of anger can focus our attention and prepare us to take positive action. But anger can often become problematic and put our health at risk. If your anger compounds your stress, clouds your judgment, or causes you to act out and negatively impact others, it is directly interfering with your ability to think and behave appropriately and should be addressed.
It’s ultimately up to you to be honest with yourself about your anger. Take a long look at the times you’ve allowed your emotions to get the better of you and affect others around you. If you experience anger often, find it difficult to avoid outbursts, or have allowed your anger to take control, know there is professional help available.
Everyone experiences anger. Being angry is a natural occurrence that can be managed appropriately without raising health concerns or signifying the existence of mental illness. But anger is also known to present itself as a symptom of bigger, more underlying mental health issues. Struggling to control anger can indicate a deeper mental health problem and can be addressed effectively with therapy and anger management.
People who experience sudden, short-lived outbursts of intense anger potentially suffer from what is known as acute anger, or intermittent explosive disorder. Chronic and high-trait anger are usually less impulsive and less severe but typically occur much more often. Over time, intense and persistent stress from acute, chronic, and high-trait anger can all negatively impact the body’s internal systems, leaving you at risk for stroke, cardiac events, ulcers, and other health complications.
Anger is a natural emotion that does not discriminate, no matter how old you are. Children experience anger the same way as adults! Like any other health concern, anger can compound and become more serious when left ignored and unmanaged.
There is a direct correlation between substance use and anger because both can be used as coping mechanisms to deal with distress and deflect responsibility. It is very common for someone struggling with anger to resort to substance abuse, and not uncommon for someone struggling with substance abuse to compound and negatively utilize their anger.
The Proven Approach To Managing Anger
Anger is an incredibly difficult emotion to understand. The effects of anger can vary drastically depending on the individual, but one thing holds true – if you or a loved one struggles with anger, know that you don’t have to face it alone. Don’t let anger impact others or ruin your quality of life! Doc Hypnosis offers proven anger management strategies that will equip you with valuable insight and practical techniques to help you identify triggers, acknowledge strong emotions as they occur, and remain in control of your anger. Contact us today to request an appointment and discover the compassionate support you deserve to bring positive change in your life.
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