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Once  a week I facilitate an anger management group. I use a variety of handouts and activities to have a process-oriented group interaction. One of the hand-outs I use is below. I use it in 1 of 2 ways. I have folks fill it out first and then we discuss or we go through it together and discuss. We explore as a group, learning from each other.






ANGER WORDS
anger                            disgust                         grumpiness                   rage
aggravation                   dislike                           hate                              resentment
agitation                       envy                             hostility                         revulsion
annoyance                    exasperation                 irritation                         scorn
bitterness                      ferocity                         jealousy                        spite
contempt                      frustration                     loathing                         torment
cruelty                          fury                              mean-spiritedness         vengefulness
destructiveness             grouchiness                  outrage                         wrath
Other:__________________________________________

Prompting Events for Feeling Anger
Losing power.
Losing status.
Losing respect.
Being insulted.
Not having things turn out the way you expected.
Experiencing physical pain.
Experiencing emotional pain.
Being threatened with physical or emotional pain by someone or something.
Having an important or pleasurable activity interrupted, postponed, or stopped.
Not obtaining something you want (which another person has).
Other:_________________________________________

Interpretations That Prompt Feelings of Anger

Expecting pain.
Feeling that you have been treated unfairly.
Believing that things should be different.
Rigidly thinking "I'm right."
Judging that the situation is illegitimate, wrong, or unfair.
Ruminating about the event that set off the anger in the first place, or in the past.
Other:_______________________________________



Experiencing the Emotion of Anger
Feeling incoherent.
Feeling out of control.
Feeling extremely emotional.
Feeling tightness or rigidity in your body.
Feeling your face flush or get hot.
Feeling nervous tension, anxiety or discomfort.
Feeling like you are going to explode.
Muscles tightening.                               .
Teeth clamping together, mouth tightening.
Crying; being unable to stop tears.
Wanting to hit, bang the wall, throw something, blow up.
Other:______________________________________

Expressing and Acting on Anger
Frowning or not smiling; mean or unpleasant facial expression.
Gritting or showing your teeth in an unfriendly manner.
Grinning.
A red or flushed face.
Verbally attacking the cause of your anger; criticizing.
Physically attacking the cause of your anger.
Using obscenities or cursing.
U sing a loud voice, yelling, screaming, or shouting.
Complaining or bitching; talking about how lousy things are.
Clenching your hands or fists.
Making aggressive or threatening gestures.
Pounding on something, throwing things, breaking things.
Walking heavily or stomping; slamming doors, walking out.
Brooding or withdrawing from contract with others.
Other:_______________________________________


Aftereffects of Anger

Narrowing of attention.
Attending only to the situation making you angry.
Ruminating about the situation making you angry and not being able to think of anything else.
Remembering and ruminating about other situations that have made you angry in the past.
Imagining future situations that will make you angry.
Depersonalization, dissociative experience, numbness.
Intense shame, fear, or other negative emotions.

Other:______________________________________

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