If you think you know someone who could benefit from taking an anger management course, it’s probably best to have some understanding of what the classes consist of before making any recommendations. Not everyone responds well to this type of therapy. In fact, the more deeply entrenched a person is in their rage behavior, the less these types of courses help.
If a person has mild to moderate anger issues this will probably serve them well unless there is a lot of shame around this behavior. If that is the case then this type of person may want to seek private counseling or even try an online behavioral management course, if they do not want to participate in a group class.
An interesting dynamic of these classes involves the peer interaction. Everyone knows they are there for the same reasons but, their behaviors all manifest differently. Often there will be a mix of people who are willing and voluntary attendees or those who were mandated to attend.
After the group has met for a number of weeks and the participants have learned they can relax, discussions start to happen that may not have occurred at any other time. When members share what triggers their behavior and how they express that rage, this information becomes recognizable sign posts for everyone else in the group.
For example; if a member of the group is a manager at say a retail outlet and they describe why and when they get angry at work, another member who is an employee, at a completely separate place of work, may recognize that behavior in their own manager. The next time this employee’s manager gets mad, instead of taking it personally and responding with their own type of angry behavior, the employee can now look at this behavior with better understanding and clarity and respond differently to it.
Another very positive aspect of these types of classes in a group setting, has to do with role playing. Once the participants have gotten to know each other a little bit, they can act out a situation that one of the members is having and provide objective feed back.
This style of therapy is not just about the psychologist or social worker leading the group telling the attendees how they can improve. The participants are usually encouraged to provide input as long as it is constructive and fair. So, if you or someone you know, has outbursts at inappropriate times and have regrets about it, perhaps an anger management course can help.