Anger is normal. Just like fear, joy, or sadness, anger is an emotional response to a set of circumstances or experiences and lets face it, expressing emotion is a part of being a normal healthy person.
So in and of itself, anger is not a problem. Challenges occur when the expression of anger begins to impact negatively at work or in home life with family and friends and that's when we might consider it a problem.
Anger can be the automatic response to an individual occurrence or a series of events - it is not a germ you catch or a condition that is handed down, but there can be a lack of learned skills around the appropriate expression of feelings like frustration, hurt, disappointment, fear, anxiety, isolation.
An inability to process feelings and express them in a way that can be understood by others can lead to a build-up of pressure internally that can seem to explode out of nowhere, and yet for others the pressure is constant, silently bubbling just under the surface - but this can be sorted.
All you need is a desire for change. Whether you believe it right now or not, it really is possible.
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Research and Articles
Anger Treatment for Adults: A Meta-Analytic Review: Anger interventions produced reductions in the affect of anger, reductions in aggressive behaviors, and increases in positive behaviors. An analysis of follow-up data suggested that treatment gains were maintained. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice - Volume 10, Issue 1, pgs 70-84, March 2003
Mental Health and Anger Management : Knowing how to recognize and express anger in appropriate ways can help people to reach goals, handle emergencies, and solve problems. Web MD - Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 31, 2014
Managing Your Anger: Dr. Phil offers advice on preventing road rage, airport rage, grocery store rage, sporting event rage ... whatever it is and wherever it is that enrages you.
Anger Diary and Triggers: Being able to predict what situations will provoke you will be a tremendous aid in helping you keep your temper under control. Mentalhelp.net - Anger Management, Harry Mills Phd, June 25th 2005.