Taming anger

‘Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.’

Aristotle

As Aristotle’s words imply, there is a legitimate place for anger in our lives. Anger is a natural emotional response and serves us well in many ways: well-regulated anger helps us protect ourselves when attacked, can motivate us to act decisively or act as a pressure valve to let us restore our equilibrium. However, when it rules us, anger becomes a very negative force indeed.

CBT has proved extremely useful ...

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