In commemorating Youth Month, we acknowledge anger as a feeling that plagues the young often leading to impulsive and aggressive behaviour. Anger may be defined as a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility. Teenagers tend to display heightened anger due to factors such as hormonal increase, poor communication with parents, unbearable responsibilities as well social media.
How parents deal with their own anger can be a contributing factor towards the teenager’s
behaviour. For example, if the child is not taught constructive ways to deal with anger, it becomes a life-long pattern where their emotional development can be stunted well into their adulthood journey. They are likely to display the same kind of behaviour as their younger self.
On the ill effects of anger on one’s health, constantly dwelling on events or situations that arouse feelings of hostility can often lead to loss of self-esteem and depression. Furthermore, it becomes difficult to maintain healthy relationships because of the isolation resulting from
In essence, it is important to understand that no one can make you angry – you are in full control of your response. Knowing what triggers your anger is important as it assists towards finding appropriating responses, avoiding impulsive behaviour. Simple questions such as “Am I reacting to the present situation or to a feeling from a past experience?” alleviate the chances of reactive responses.
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