Anger & Violence

In the most general sense, anger is a feeling or emotion that ranges from mild irritation to intense fury and rage. Anger is a natural response to those situations where we feel threatened and can also come from frustration when our needs, desires, and goals are not being met. When we become angry, we may lose our patience and act impulsively, aggressively, or violently and this behaviour can cause harm to another person or damage property. This behaviour can include verbal abuse, threats, or violent acts.

Family Services Association - Angry WomanAnger becomes a problem when it is felt too intensely, is felt too frequently, or is expressed inappropriately. Feeling anger too intensely or frequently places extreme physical strain on the body and can result in many different health problems. Thus, from a health standpoint, avoiding physical illness is a motivation for controlling anger.

Another compelling reason to control anger concerns the negative consequences that result from expressing anger inappropriately. In the extreme, anger may lead to violence or physicFamily Services Association - Angry Boyal aggression, which can result in numerous negative consequences, such as being arrested or jailed, being physically injured, being retaliated against, losing loved ones, or feeling guilt, shame, or regret.

Even when anger does not lead to violence, it can develop fear, resentment, and lack of trust from individuals, such as family members, friends, and coworkers.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a problem with their anger or violence, then please contact us to arrange for counselling by calling our Intake Counsellor at 902-420-1980 or 1-888-886-5552 (toll free) or email intake@fshalifax.com