As children, teens and adults we all feel angry from time to time. Anger is a normal healthy emotion that can provide the energy and drive for us to deal with problematic situations, injustice etc. We all know that people vary significantly in the intensity and frequency of their anger, how anger is triggered and how it is expressed. And we know that anger varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage. When anger is intense it can make you feel as though you’re at the mercy of a powerful and unpredictable emotion, and result in aggressive behaviours. When anger gets out of control and turns destructive it often leads to major problems. Childhood aggression is a significant risk factor for later problems including school failure, violence, and adult maladjustment whilst in adults uncontrolled anger can lead to broken relationships, employment difficulties and a criminal record. At such times consulting with a psychologist can be valuable in learning to understand and manage your anger, and find ways to express it safely.
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