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Success and Survival
Take a look through our Success and Survival Guide for suggestions on Academic Success Strategies, Managing Academic Stress and other information available on this website.
Anger is an emotion that everyone experiences at some time. Often, our anger is justified and can be healthy. For example, responding with anger to an unjust situation can motivate us to take steps to correct it. At other times, we can loose control of our anger, which can create problems for us in our significant relationships, in the residence halls, on the court or on the playing field, and in the classroom.
In this section we will help you distinguish between healthy and unhealthy anger and offer specific strategies for controlling your unhealthy anger.
Anger is an emotional reaction to frustration or injury. In some instances, angry emotions are beneficial. For example, if we are being taken advantage of, anger can spur us on to take action (not necessarily aggressive) to correct the situation.
Aggression is an action we take when we become angry and/or frustrated. Aggression is intended to harm someone. It can be a verbal attack - insults, threats, sarcasm, or attributing nasty motives to others - or a physical punishment or restriction.
Hostility is a state of chronic anger that can lead to aggression against others. It can also have negative consequences for the hostile individual, including physical illness. Anger, aggression and hostility can get out of control and can lead to negative consequences that are physiological, emotional and social.
The Goals of Anger Management
Early Warning Signs of Anger
Ways of Coping with Anger
Not all Anger is bad.
Anger (not violence) is often justified. If properly controlled, anger is a reasonable and effective reaction to an unfair situation. Anger communicates that we are upset, that we can and will express ourselves, and that we are determined to correct a bad situation. Anger can over-ride our fears that keep us withdrawn and compliant. Anger, properly expressed, gives us a sense of pride when we exert some control and improve a bad situation.
GETTING PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR YOURSELF OR A FRIEND
If you (or a friend of yours) are concerned about angry feelings, or worry about losing control get help right away. There are resources on campus that can help you understand your angry feelings. You don't have to deal with anger alone.
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