Chapter 1: Coping with your anger

What is anger?

Anger refers to a range of feelings:

  • Mild annoyance
  • Frustration
  • Bitterness
  • Rage

Many people are uncomfortable with their anger having been taught early in life that it is inappropriate or unacceptable. While anger is a normal emotion, it can be damaging if it is not controlled.

You might feel that:

  • "Life has never gone my way."
  • "I can’t forgive the doctors for letting him die."
  • "She never apologized for all the terrible things she said."
  • "Everyone else has a better life than I do now."
Anger can be a reaction to how you understand an event. You may see bad things where they do not exist; this may prevent you from moving forward and being happy.