- by Dr Gowher Yusuf
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- Feb 17 2017
Teens: How do you learn to control your anger? Activity 7 & 8
Source: The Anger workbook for Teens by (Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS)
Sometimes it is easier to get cross than to admit that your feelings are hurt or that you are really scared. But masking other emotions with anger is not a positive way to cope with a situation, and it can actually be harmful. Until you deal with your underlying feelings, your anger may continue to grow.
This list represents some feelings you may have masked with anger.
Hurt, depression, fear, greed, stress, shame, anxiety, frustration, lonliiness, jealousy
Tell about a specific time when you masked your feelings with anger.
How would expressing your actual feelings help you?
Even though anger has a bad rap, it can be very useful emotion. Expressing your anger is one way to stand up for your rights and the rights of others. It can help you promote change when you think something is unfair.
Next time you find yourself getting angry, take your anger and turn it to good. Ask yourself these questions:
What is within my control?
How can I be an agent for change?
What can I do to fix the problem rather than just acting out in anger?
Remember, anger itself is not necessarily a problem. It’s how you choose to handle it.
Think of a time when you turned your anger into something positive, perhaps by standing up for someone in a difficult situation, or protesting against something you thought was unfair.
Describe the situation
Tell how you handled the situation.
Are you satisfied with how you reacted? If not, what could have done differently?
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