Chapter 1: Coping with your anger

Understanding your anger

I've been there
Alvin talks about learning to understand his anger.(3:22)Video transcript

If you are feeling angry, think about what is causing it. When we understand what drives our anger, we can choose how to manage it and limit how much spills out into the world.

The "fight or flight response" refers to our body's natural reaction to fear. Our first instinct can be to fight or to run away. This is because anger and fear are often linked. You may be angry (and fearful) because something has disappointed you, or you feel betrayed, or you are struggling with an unfair situation. Once you understand the fear behind your anger, you are better able to deal with it.

If your anger is harming yourself or others, talk with your doctor, spiritual advisor or a mental health professional.