Anger (The Final Episode )

Anger (The Final Episode )

When the emotion of anger is allowed to control our actions, the risk of untoward outcomes is quite high.

The rationality of an individual’s behavior when angry cannot be guaranteed.  Lots of people have carried out acts that are more damaging than the actions that provoked their reactions. Many have hurt their spouses or fatally injured their kin in a fit of rage. Most of these spontaneous bouts of anger always end in regrets! An individual who has a history of recurrent bouts of anger is at risk of experiencing it again. Such persons need to be offered the appropriate and available help before they do something they might regret.

An individual who has a history of recurrent bouts of anger is at risk of experiencing it again. Such persons need to be offered the appropriate and available help before they do something they might regret.

Since anger may be a symptom of mental illness, there might be the need to seek medical attention before the recurrent bouts of anger can be resolved. It isn’t that the individual who is exhibiting bouts of anger is “Mad”. It is because we want to prevent the behavior that will be interpreted as madness eventually.

Being “Mad” is a social interpretation of the context of abnormal behavior (This will be discussed some other time).  So it is possible for someone not to have a mental illness but be referred to as being “Mad”. It is also possible for someone to have a mental illness but never be seen to be “Mad”; if the illness is well under control, and does not interfere with the person’s functioning.

Possible Interventions

The appropriate intervention for recurrent anger will depend on the cause.

  • Some persons do well with psychological interventions. All types of intervention can be adapted to any situation. The skill of the therapist will determine the approach.
  • Social interventions towards resolving some of the triggers can also be relevant to some situations.
  • Medication is very effective in situations where the loss of touch with reality and (or) unstable mood are features.
  • In faith circles, prayer and meditation play a definite role in helping people to overcome negative feelings like anger.

The first thing to do is to talk to someone about it and be willing to do anything that will help overcome anger. This will definitely prevent the untoward outcomes of “ANGER”


The case of MR B (continued from last week)

Pastor S listened carefully to Mrs. B.

He recalled a role-play session in his motivational interview class where a young lady who had an emotional disorder was speaking with her therapist about the recent conflicts with her partner. His mind also flashed back to his anger management training during his advanced studies in counseling. The greatest concern he had was the possibility of some degree of loss of touch with reality. This he inferred from Mr. B’s belief that his neighbor’s satellite dish was interfering with his wellbeing. He concluded that he needed to encourage them to see a medical doctor in the teaching hospital.

As he took that decision, he asked the couple to join him in prayer. He held their hands and prayed with them. He then reassured them that all will be fine as long as they were all willing to explore all avenues to resolve the negative emotions. He reminded them of the potential negative outcomes of unresolved anger. He also outlined the possible options.

He explained to them that the stress might have made some underlying issues more prominent; hence they needed to explore the option of seeking medical assistance for an overall medical check. He also promised to continue to pray with them and engage Mr. B in anger management sessions. He gave his word that he will join them in looking for a suitable job to keep Mr. B. occupied.


What lesson(s) have you learnt from the case of Mr. B?

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.


The outcome of the Case of Mr. B

Mr. B eventually saw a psychiatrist who placed him on some medications. His sleep improved immediately. He is also seeing a clinical psychologist for anger management sessions.

He now has a job and has learned how not to act on his anger and walk away from negative vibes.

So, they live happily ever after!

Note: This story is entirely “fictional”.
Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are the products of the author’s imagination for education and information about mental health issues. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

3 responses to “Anger (The Final Episode )”

  1. Thank you so much Sir for this wonderful article. My greatest lesson in these series of article can be summarised with the first sentence of this article which says “When the emotion of anger is allowed to control our actions, the risk of untoward outcomes is quite high”.

  2. Thanks so much for the fiction . My question, what level of anger is considered’ Mad’. Because everyone would have experienced anger one time or the other. Is it the ability to control
    It that makes it to be regarded as Mad or not Mad.
    Anger is an expression of displeasure and I believe there is a part of the brain that sends out signals When we experience displeasure just as the part of the brain that sends signals for pleasure.

    • Thanks a lot for the question Prof.
      Anger is an emotional response to objects or situations that bring about displeasure. I will want to see the use of the word MAD as being a descriptive term for any form of behavior that is seen to be abnormal within the context of the individual’s environment and the realities of the situation. When anger is expressed in a way that shows loss of touch with reality, it raises concerns about the individual’s mental state. Normal people who do not have any damage to the medial-temporal lobe of their brain are expected to feel the emotion of anger when provoked. However, they are still expected to express their anger with decorum. Loss of control beyond the boundaries of normal reasoning could be due to an abnormal mental state of just an individual who has learnt to behave badly because they can get rewards from such behaviour. I intend to address the issue of “Madness” in the next article.

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