Rage Definition and General Information
By Marty Brenner
When you fly into a blind rage, you want to destroy everything in your path. Unlike partially controlled anger, where you use emotion as a tool to get what you want, your only goal is to inflict a great deal of harm on the world. It does not matter who you hurt; you want to cause harm to your enemies and if innocent bystanders get hurt, too bad.
You don’t necessarily need a reason to feel rage – you can simply rehash past issues that aggravated you in the past. You may also fly into a rage at the slightest provocation. Traffic, long lines, petty insults and politics have been known to cause out-of-control anger in some people. You may not even be able to articulate what enrages you; all you can say is that you feel like exploding.
Rage is an aggressive and pandemic emotion. Rage takes over every aspect of your being, controlling your thoughts, emotions and behavior. When you are enraged, you have absolutely no control over the things you do or say. You are pure emotion. You find yourself insulting, punching and smashing everyone and everything within reach. You are beyond your own control. You cannot stop your rage once it starts. Your rage may even push your car into a tree or your fist into your child’s face.
Anger is a normal and natural response to pain; rage is anger gone wild. When you find yourself in mortal danger, your brain has a split second to decide if you have the strength to overcome your adversary. This is the classic fight-or-flight response. Anger provides emotional and physical fuel for the fight portion of that response. When your brain decides to fight, anger causes physiological changes that strengthen your muscles and heighten your senses temporarily. Your blood pressure, pulse and respirations increase to deliver more oxygen to your muscles. When you are no longer in danger, your body and brain relax from the anger-state; your blood pressure and other vital signs return to normal as you calm down.
You experience the same physiological changes when you enraged but rage is decidedly different than anger. You cannot reel yourself in from a fit of rage; the only way to release the emotion is to hurt someone or something. When you are enraged, you punch walls, kick the puppy and throw breakable objects – or you seriously injure a person.
Anger is typically short-lived, lasting only a few minutes, whereas rage has no expiration date. Rage can continue for hours, days or even weeks. Rage causes you to lose track of time and reduces your ability to see how your preset actions impact your future. In contrast to anger, which allows you to defend yourself in dangerous situations, rage has no benefit unless you intend to instill permanent and abject fear into those around you.
Marty has been providing guidance and counseling for the last 20 years to a wide and diverse range of people.
Individuals challenged with various addictions including but not limited to – substance abuse, alcohol, and anger.
Marty is a certified chemical dependency counselor and anger management facilitator.
Affectionately known as “Marty”, he has positively influenced and helped reshape the lives of many people in recovery, ranging from ex-cons to his high profile clients in the Delray Beach, Florida.
Marty is an excellent resource with in-depth knowledge of all of the current trends in the substance abuse and mental health treatment fields, as well as individual options for successful recovery outcomes.
Today, residential facilities simply aren’t an option for many clients with busy work schedules and travel conflicts, which is why Marty tailors programs to meet the needs of these clients, whether it be in his office or a location of their choosing.
His approach is casual and non-threatening. Marty is very kind and caring.
As you know, it is difficult to convince clients that anger management or substance abuse treatment is critical. Career commitments, privacy, reputation and other concerns may conflict in making treatment the priority it should be.
It is Marty’s primary goal to help people rebuild lives using tried and true techniques.
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