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What does Anger Mean? | Anatomy of Anger

Understanding what anger means can be tricky. Anger gets a bad rap, but it is a beneficial emotion when expressed effectively. Anger is a secondary emotion, and is an activating and protective emotion, galvanizing us into action when we feel disempowered by other, less comfortable feelings.

Use this worksheet to think through the events that lead to you uncomfortable feelings, like, shame, fear, helplessness, etc., and explore all the feelings on the anger continuum that take form as a secondary emotions. Think about how you express your feelings; these are behaviors and are what are ultimately constructive or destructive to us in the long run. Examining real or potential consequences of anger can help you slow down your angry outbursts, and get your anger under control.

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