Friday, May 28, 2010

A Guide to Anger Management Programs - Do you have an anger problem? Find out!

A Guide to Anger Management Classes

As one of the leading anger management providers in the nation, I know how difficult it can be to understand how to choose a quality program. Consumers often don't know how to decide if its time to get help or where to turn. Since anger is not considered a psychological disorder it is often misunderstood. While anger is a completely normal emotion, there are several indicators which might tell you if anger is a problem for you. Here is a quick check list:
1. Do you get angry frequently?
2. Does your anger last longer than you'd like it to?
3. Does your angry behavior adversely affect your relationships at home or at work?
4. Is your anger so intense that you feel out of control?
5. Does your anger scare other people?
If you answer to these questions is yes, then you may want to consider attending an anger management class or take a quality online anger management class. Good classes use a structured curriculum and teach empirically validated skills to help change thinking and behavior. Remember, anger management is a class, and it should not be confused with psychotherapy. These classes can be taken one on one, in a group format or online. The choice really depends on your schedule and budget. Quality programs will teach skills in stress management, empathy, assertive communication, expectation management, forgiveness, improving judgment and impulse control, and improving self-talk.
Don't let anger ruin another important relationship. While anger management has often been stigmatized as "punitive" most people will tell you it is far from what they had imagined. Classes should be a fun, upbeat and educational experience. Get the help you need today!

Ari Novick, Ph.D. is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified anger management provider for both adults and adolescents. Dr. Novick is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. His corporate website is and his innovative online anger management class is available at


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