Anger is a normal emotion that serves a healthy function: it alerts us that something is wrong and motivates us to take corrective actions. However, some individuals misinterpret cues as hostile when they are not, lose control, over react in harsh ways, and cause themselves and others undue emotional and/or physical pain. This unhealthy response can become a pattern that alienates others and results in a life of frustration, misunderstanding, loneliness, and remorse.
Stress is also normal and can result from positive events, like marriage or a promotion, as well as negative events like loss of a job or a death in the family. Traumatic events and/or cumulative stress can overwhelm an individual and cause undue anxiety and ineffective coping responses (see also Biofeedback).
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a practical, proven approach to help adults learn more healthy strategies to cope with anger and stress. Therapists at the Center for Social Success use CBT strategies to help people recognize what triggers angry responses and how to short circuit blow ups by substituting more healthy ways to express anger and resolve conflicts.