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Part II: The Way You Feel > When to be Angry

Chapter 6. When to be Angry

As you have learned, anger can escalate and lead to destructive statements and actions. When you lash out physically or verbally, you let your anger control you and your life situations. When your anger is hot, it is difficult to put it on the back burner and deal with it at a later time. But there are times when you need to call time-out and forget the feeling. Many of those times are exactly the situations that cost you the most when you express your anger.

There are times when dealing with anger, even in a constructive way, is not appropriate. There are situations such as a staff meeting, a client meeting and in relationship conflicts when you know the other person is not prepared to be reasonable. You’ve heard the saying, “Timing is everything.” Well, this holds true for anger management. Be creative and practice mental time-outs even if you cannot physically leave the room at the time. Mentally tell yourself, “I’m beginning to feel angry and I want to take a time-out!” Take a deep breath and give yourself positive self-statements. Stay calm, and later think out your situation and decide how you’ll address it in a constructive manner.


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