Anger is a normal human emotion that is secondary to stress, anxiety, depression or some other primary emotion. Anger is not a pathological disorder. Therefore, it is not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental and Nervous Disorders (DSM-IV). According to the American Psychiatric Association, anger is a lifestyle issue and not in the domain of mental illness.
There are five signs that anger is problematic in a person’s life:
·When anger is too frequent
·When anger is too intense
·When anger last too long
·When anger leads to aggression
·When anger destroys relationships
The current recession is unprecedented in its impact on professionals from most (if not all) employment sectors. For high-income groups such as physicians, attorneys, entertainers and executives, loss of income and or status triggers stress, depression, anger and, often, person-directed aggression.
For the first time in the history of Executive Coaching or Anger Management, the number of volunteer and mandated referrals are coming from H.R. Managers, risk management professionals and physician well-being committees nationwide. Previously, most referrals for anger management came from the courts and the criminal justice system.
As high-income professionals experience the positive effects of the skill enhancement components of executive coaching/anger management, they refer or recommend coaching for colleagues, direct reports or family members. Word of mouth referrals are off the charts.
The critical factors which account for the effectiveness of Executive Coaching are its comprehensive non-psychiatric assessments, which are all based on the four domains of emotional intelligence. These include Self-awareness, Self-Control, Social-Awareness and Relationship-Management.
The Anderson & Anderson model of Executive Coaching/Anger Management was developed specifically for high-profile clients who prefer confidentiality and individual attention. Since this is an intervention that is available on-site and nationwide, it has rapidly become the preferred resource for physicians and attorneys and other high profile clients.
George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMF, CEAP
Diplomate, American Association of Anger Management Providers
Anderson & Anderson®, The Trusted Name in Anger Management