Basil Steele, LMHC, LCPC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional CounselorReady for change? Let's Get Started
3948A Kaimuki Avenue, Portland, Maine 04106
One of the most effective ways to help a person "manage their anger" is to understand what they are trying to communicate through this very powerful emotion. I have found the original meaning, from the Old Norse word "angr" to be very illuminating because it translates as "to grieve." When I think of anger from this perspective, I don't see it so much as a behavior as I do has a response to a deeply felt wound that hasn't been given the opportunity to heal. At the same time, I expect the people I work with individually or in groups to hold themselves accountable, "manage" the destructive potential of this emotion, and become compassionate stewards of themselves and the safety of others.