Anger Management: Identifying, Understanding & Treating Unhealthy Anger

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Developed by Sage de Beixedon Breslin, Ph.D.

General Course Description

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.”
The Buddha

There are many types and perspectives of anger, from primitive to health and appropriate to pathological. Those perspectives of anger are presented in this course, as are clinical definitions, descriptions, mechanisms, impacts, and treatments for anger. “Anger management” has somehow become the butt of many jokes, and some programs’ limited efficacy has done little to improve public opinion. But, Anger Management programs based on research and psychotherapeutic models can have incredible benefit — not just on the life of that angry man or woman, but on all those in their environs.

This intermediate course is presented in 12 articles. The first three articles summarize a variety of approaches to and perspectives on anger and its treatment. The next article presents the research on the mechanisms of anger. The subsequent two articles explore circumstances associated with Sub Acute anger. Wexlar’s comprehensive Anger Management Program is presented in the fourth section of the course. The three articles that follow identify some of the pharmaceutical interventions that may be useful in the treatment of unhealthy anger. Finally, the last article provide a summary of the changes in the DSM-5 that impact the identification, assessment and treatment of disorders in which anger plays a part. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives

    This course will teach the participant to

  • Identify the prevalence, mechanisms, and styles of anger.
  • Note the factors which may impact the expression of anger.
  • Compare and contrast the different foundational perspectives of anger.
  • Describe the neurobiological components of anger.
  • Summarize the components that have been found to be effective in Anger Management protocols.
  • Review the pharmaceutical options available for Anger Management.
  • Describe the Relaxation strategies proven to be effective in the reduction of anger.


  • Boylan, J. M., & Ryff, C. D. (2013). Varieties of Anger and the Inverse Link between Education and Inflammation: Toward an Integrative Framework. Psychosomatic Medicine, 75, 6, 566-574.
  • Ullrich, S., Keers, R., & Coid, J. W. (2013). Delusions, Anger, and Serious Violence: New Findings From the MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40, 5, 1174-1181.
  • Yousefi, A. R., Keshtiaray, N., & Khajehpour, L. (2016). Anger and its Management Strategies in Saadi’s Bustan. Turkish Journal of Psychology, 31, 77, 114-124.

Course Syllabus:

Perspectives on Meaning of Anger

  • Buddhist Perspectives
  • Christian Perspectives
  • Psychological Perspectives

Anger: Described and Defined

  • Clinical Definition
  • Prevalence of Anger
  • Factors affecting anger prevalence and presentation
  • Psychiatric comorbidity and anger

Neurobiology of Anger

Impacts of Anger

  • Health consequences associated with Anger
  • Emotional function and Anger

The Treatment of Anger

  • SubAcute Anger
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Clinical Interventions and Anger Management Programs
    • Cognitive therapies (e.g., self-instructional training)
    • Relaxation-based therapies (e.g., systematic desensitization)
    • Skills-training therapies (e.g., assertiveness training
    • Multi-component treatments (e.g., stress inoculation and cognitive-behavioral)
  • Pharmaceutical Interventions

Managing Anger in the Workplace

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Cost: $69.00

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