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Case 11: Frustration

A divorce can be a devastating event in one’s life. Many other personal things also can affect one’s overall behavior; however, Allen needs to get a grip on his frustration and aggressive behavior. He needs to consider how negative his attitude has become and how it is affecting him and everyone around him. He can’t continue to blame everything on his personal life—and chastise others for it. He appears to be looking for ways to alienate people. His lashing out at work, at home, and even in public against people he doesn’t even know suggests he has very deep-seated anger. Suggestions for improving his attitude include doing some physical exercise where he can get physically tired and find a release for his negative energy. He should consider directing his aggression to tennis or swimming, to yard work or house cleaning, or to similar activities as a diversion. He must find some positive ways to rebuild his life—to stop his self-pity. It’s not going to be an easy road for Allen, and maybe some professional help is needed; but unless he takes action to turn his behavior around, he faces considerable more risk—possibly losing his job, alienating his children, becoming a loner, and being nothing but miserable.


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