Athena Staik, Ph.D., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
406 Chatham Square Office Park #102, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405
Anger is an emotion that, when expressed assertively treats self and others with dignity, and helps us stand up for ourselves to clarify and express what we need or want, like or don't like, etc. On the other hand, anger that explodes as an automatic defense strategy risks damage to relationships and personal health. As a defense strategy, anger is expressed in one of two ways. Some express their resentment outwardly, such as with yelling, and others express it inwardly, by withdrawing, stewing with resentment inside. Awareness of inner thoughts, emotions & body's signals, and understanding how brain & body work together are keys to regulating anger.