Anger Management: A Practical Guide

Anger Management: A Practical Guide

Anger Management: A Practical Guide

Anger Management: A Practical Guide


Do you work with angry children? Are you wondering why young people don't listen when they are angry? Are you exhausted from trying to understand angry behaviour?

Anger Management is a practical guide that will help you to stay calm in the face of angry outbursts from children and young people. Written by chartered psychologists with extensive experience in the field, this helpful book will:

  • increase your understanding of anger
  • offer you a range of practical management interventions
  • help you to manage your own behaviours to build more effective relationships
  • reduce the stress experienced by staff and parents who lack confidence in the face of aggressive behaviour.

With stress and anger levels amongst young people at an all time high, this second edition of Anger Management is particularly timely. It reflects the significant developments in the field of neuro-psychology and our understanding of the physiology of emotions. It also identifies the significant changes in legislation and guidance that have taken place in education and health and social care over the last decade and explores the implications of these changes for practitioners.

Containing information, explanations and practical advice that will enable you to cope with angry behaviour in the best way possible, as well as a range of helpful photocopiable resources, this book will prove invaluable to teachers as well as parents, carers, psychologists, social workers and health care workers.


I get angry when I want to,
I get angry when I don’t,
I’ll get angry when I’ll try to,
I’ll get angry when I won’t

I get angry when I’m threatened,
I get angry when I’m sad,
but I get angry when I’m happy,
and that just makes me mad!

Anger is a good thing,
and then again it’s bad,
so now we’ve got it sorted,
I’m really feeling glad

Within the programme for developing social and emotional aspects of learning there are five key domains (Goleman, 1996) see Figure 1.1.

Anger management has links to all of the five domains, but of all the domains, this book focuses particularly on the development of skills and strategies to manage feelings, and especially feelings associated with problem anger.

Anger engenders mixed emotions. It often leaves us feeling wrecked, or racked with guilt. There is a view that to optimise emotional well-being we must express a whole range of feelings, but that anger is potentially our most dangerous emotion and, at its most extreme, can lead to death. Contrast this with Freud’s view that unexpressed anger actually causes depression and it becomes clear that the contradictions in the poem above are very real for us all.

So what is anger?

When anger is defined as ‘extreme displeasure’ (Concise Oxford Dictionary), it fails to convey the full force of the effects of anger, both on the person being angry and on anyone on the receiving end of the anger, or merely witnessing it as a passive observer. To compound the confusion, anger is taken to be an emotion, and hence is further defined by the Oxford Dictionary as an ‘instinctive feeling as opposed to reason’. Add to this a widely held view that anger is a negative emotion and it is perhaps easy to see why . . .

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