I recently came across a disturbing video clip that showed a group of women and a teenage girl involved in a discussion. Although what was said during that conversation was not clear, the end of conversation resulted in one woman being so angry she lost control of her emotions and punched the woman who was speaking to the teenaged girl in the face.
In today’s hectic world “being in control” of our emotions especially our anger has never taken more skill and effort. Losing control can lead to acts of aggression and violence as so clearly seen in this video clip.
According to recent statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, one violent crime occurs in the United States every seventeen seconds, making interpersonal violence one of the most important public health problems.
While getting angry and losing control of our emotions at times doesn’t always lead to acts of aggression or violence, in today’s world it sadly often does. Loss of emotional control is frequently a precursor for a violent act
How many of us have witnessed a loss of emotional control that ended in a violent act? We just have to watch our local news broadcast and we can witness this behavior on a daily basis. How many of us know someone who has been involved in physical violence?
For many people learning how to “be in control” of their anger and emotions is a growing individual concern. There are programs that will provide the opportunity and skills to improve your ability to manage intense emotions.
Tim Lazaroff PhD
Certified Anger Management Facilitator