Anger is one of the most often misunderstood, yet significant concepts in life. Best understood as a response providing energy to protect; to respond to a real or perceived wrong doing or injustice in life, anger motivates a person to action.
- Self-awareness— Identifying the causes of anger in your life
- Compose yourself — Learn the value of “calming” to allow the anger to subside. “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” (Proverbs 14:29)
- Control it — Control your response rather than reacting emotionally. This is the key.
- Settle it — Commit to not only “doing” the right things, but also “being” the right person. Take responsibility for your anger by taking action with composure.
If you find yourself responding emotionally to what someone said, say so, and ask for more information: “I may not be understanding you correctly, and I find myself taking what you said personally. What I thought you just said is…. is that what you meant?”