|Anger is a basic human emotion that we all experience from time to time. Dealing with perceived threats, confrontations and inconveniences are usual triggers of anger. In many ways, anger is a useful emotion as it can motivate us to stand up against injustice, confront problems and find solutions to move forward. Anger itself is not a problem, but the mismanagement of anger can be the root cause to a number of interpersonal and professional problems and conflicts.
The mismanagement of anger can result in anger outbursts, violence, road rage, domestic abuse, marriage problems and workplace conflicts that can be difficult to amend. Suppressing anger is also a form of anger mismanagement and doing so can lead to emotional problems such as depression and disruptive behavioral patterns such as passive aggressive behavior.
Either way, anger mismanagement is disruptive and should be addressed. The goal of anger management is prevention, or at the very least, reduction in the negative feelings and heightened arousal that an anger outburst brings. It involves learning how to cope with the emotion without expressing it in negative and destructive ways.