Anger Control

  • Anger Control Behaviors:
  • A pattern of episodic excessive anger in response to specific situations or situational themes.
  • Cognitive biases associated with anger (e.g., demanding expectations of others, overly generalized labeling of the targets of anger, anger in response to perceived slights).
  • Experiences direct or indirect evidence of physiological arousal related to anger.
  • Body language suggesting anger, including tense muscles (e.g., clenched fist or jaw), glaring looks, or refusal to make eye contact.
  • Demonstrates an angry overreaction to perceived disapproval, rejection, or criticism.
  • Rationalizes and blames others for aggressive and abusive behavior.
  • Repeated angry outbursts that are out of proportion to the precipitating event.
  • Excessive yelling, swearing, crying, or use of verbally abusive language when efforts to meet desires are frustrated or limits are placed on behavior.
  • Frequent fighting, intimidation of others, and acts of cruelty or violence toward people or animals.
  • Verbal threats of harm to parents, adult authority figures, siblings, or peers.
  • Persistent pattern of destroying property or throwing objects when angry.
  • Consistent failure to accept responsibility for anger control problems accompanied by repeated pattern of blaming others for anger control problems.
  • Repeated history of engaging in passive-aggressive behaviors (e.g., forgetting, pretending not to listen, dawdling, procrastinating) to frustrate or annoy others.
  • Strained interpersonal relationships with peers due to aggressiveness and anger control problems.
  • Underlying feelings of depression, anxiety, or insecurity that contribute to angry outbursts and aggressive behaviors.

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