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.

  1. Self-awareness— Identifying the causes of anger in your life
  2. 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)
  3. Control it — Control your response rather than reacting emotionally. This is the key.
  4. 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.
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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?”