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Good Anger

by Marty Brenner

emoticonsHumans possess a wide variety of emotions, some positive and others negative. Love, affection, safety and respect are positive emotions that make you feel good inside. Negative emotions, such as loneliness, fear and anger feel unpleasant. We are sometimes taught as very young children to express only positive emotions and suppress negative ones rather than dealing with the issues that triggered these responses. Despite cultural taboos against expressing negative emotions, anger does play a positive role in your life – there is such a thing as “good anger.”

Anger is the emotion you feel towards something that is offensive, dangerous or annoying. You need this emotion to protect yourself against a cruel and dangerous world and to set boundaries with others. An angry outburst is a clear signal that someone has offended you and a sign that you are willing to fight back. People are less likely to continue a behavior if they know the activity will elicit an angry response.
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Intolerance

by Marty Brenner

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Anger is a natural reaction to pain. You use anger to establish boundaries between yourself and the person causing you pain. You make it very clear that, if he crosses the boundary, you will react with anger. Anger says you will not tolerate a specific behavior, communication or idea. You are intolerant of anything outside your personal boundaries, your comfort zone. Whenever you encounter anything you find intolerant, you react with anger without thinking. Click here to read more »

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Anger and Relationships General Overview and Differences

by Marty Brenner

arguingYou build relationships with others when you trust others with your thoughts and feelings. In a healthy relationship, you communicate your ideas and emotions with people that you know will respond in a positive way. A relationship is an emotional compromise, where participants agree to certain terms of behavioral limits. When one person breaks the agreement by making a mistake or doing a bad thing, the other party might respond by initiating an angry dialog between the two. This breakdown in communication can ruin the relationship as each party behaves in an increasingly aggressive fashion. Left unaddressed, anger dissolves the foundation of the relationship.
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Drug Addiction Counseling

by Marty Brenner

addiction-drug-informationDrug addiction is prevalent in modern society. A fact sheet published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 23 million Americans 12 years old and older, about 9.4 percent of the population, needed treatment for an illicit drug use or alcohol problem in 2007. The economic downturn, reduction in social services and increased stress in the years since this survey undoubtedly drove that statistic even higher. More and more Americans are in need of drug addiction counseling.

Drug addiction is a complex illness requiring a multi-dimensional approach to therapy. Drug addiction is characterized by intense or uncontrollable cravings, compulsive drug-seeking and use, even when there are severe consequences associated with doing drugs. The path to drug addiction is taking drugs voluntarily but, over time, you lose the ability to decide when you want to take the drug. Taking the drug for long periods of time affects certain parts of your brain, leading to compulsive use of the drug. Drug addiction is a condition that affects multiple circuits in your brain, including those of reward and motivation, learning and memory. Drugs also affect the parts of your brain responsible for inhibiting inappropriate behaviors. Drug addiction counselors must use a multi-faceted approach to treating drug addiction. Click here to read more »

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Domestic Violence Therapy

by Marty Brenner

Domestic ViolenceThere is a growing need for domestic violence therapy in modern society. This violent crime occurs between husbands and wives, parents and children, gay couples and unrelated members of a household. Because victims are often reluctant to tell doctors how the injuries were sustained, it is difficult to know exactly how many cases of domestic violence occur each year.

Some estimates claim that domestic violence is the leading cause of emergency room visits for women between the ages of 14 and 44 but these figures are hard to substantiate. Researchers acknowledge that many incidents go unreported. Domestic violence therapy reduces the number and severity of violent attacks within the home by giving both the victim and the attacker safe and effective tools to manage anger. Click here to read more »

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