What is Anger?
You might read that and think "Duh Gina, everyone knows what anger is" but I am talking about what physically happens when we get angry? Why do we get angry in the first place? For starters, Anger increases stress hormones in your body which tells your body that there is danger. This is useful because it can tell you when something happens that makes you in physical danger, or if something has happened that goes against your personal values. It tells us that something is not right. The key is what you do with that anger.
Anger is always a secondary emotion, the tip of iceberg if you will, the anger won't go away until you can process what lies beneath it. If you find yourself holding on to anger, spouting it out at whoever is close by, or something else that feels uncomfortable for you or is causing problems in your life, then maybe it is time to look at what is below that anger.
In my work with youth prior to completing my Masters' degree I often dealt with anger, and sometimes even violence, given the stressors in these young peoples' lives and the injustices they had faced. Moving forward into my Masters program, I completed a practicum with Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services where the majority of my work was done with youth who had been convicted of violent crimes. One of our primary goals was typically anger management. Since the completion of this practicum I have had many clients who are angry and I work with them to process this anger, understand it, and then do something about it.
- 2017 - RCMP Community Justice Forum facilitator training
- 2017 - CTRI Restorative Justice facilitator training
- 2016 - Red Cross RespectEd facilitator training
- 2016 - Difficult Conversations workshop
- 2015 - Reducing Violence in the Workplace workshop