The Nature of Anger
Anger is a normal emotion we all experience. Angry feelings alert us that something is wrong, energize our behavior, motivate us to address injustices, and help us get our needs met in many situations. In these ways, mild to moderate episodes of anger can be healthy.
Some people experience anger more often, more intensely, and for longer periods of time than others. This sort of anger proneness is associated with a number of health-related problems and may have an adverse impact on one's relationships, employment, and overall quality of life.
The manner in which anger is expressed can also lead to problems. Some people express their anger explosively without much restraint, insulting others, yelling, or throwing things. Others suppress their anger in unhealthy ways (e.g., pouting, withdrawing in silence) until it feels like they are boiling inside. These forms of anger expression tend to drive others away and may result in legal difficulties, failed relationships, poor evaluations at work, and the like.
Fortunately, help is available.
The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic at the University of Southern Mississippi offers evidence-based anger management services in the Hattiesburg area through the Anger Management Program. We help our clients gain greater control over their anger by teaching them how to reduce their anger arousal, change the thought patterns that maintain angry responses, and express themselves more effectively.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 601-266-4601.
How We Are Different
Our anger management services are based on cutting-edge psychological research. The Anger Management Program is directed by Dr. Eric R. Dahlen, a licensed psychologist who is certified as an anger management specialist by the National Anger Management Association. Our counselors are graduate students in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi who have been trained by Dr. Dahlen and provide services under the supervision of program faculty.