Once upon a time, in a wonderful small classroom for 9 year olds, a smart girl named Cindy got angry at a classmate named Danny.
Cindy was certainly within her rights to be annoyed, since her classmate could indeed be incredibly exasperating.
Cindy knew the rules - no hitting anyone, no screaming at others …
So what to do?
Cindy intuitively knew to use her imagination to release the tension connected to anger… she took Danny's jacket, spread it out on her desk, and gave it a good 'what for'!
Once she had released the intensity of her anger she was able to talk to Danny and tell him what she didn't like.
Is this an 'out of the mouths of babes' story, or what?
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun
WORKING WITH ANGER
Anger has a spectrum - it goes all the way from minor frustration and annoyance to the intensity of rage.
1) Make a list of as many words as you can think of that might be related to anger.
The goal with this step is to make yourself aware of what you are feeling.
2) Give yourself permission to feel your anger.
3) Find a healthy release. You can use your creativity with imagination, fantasy, and images. You can also do something physical like stomping, running, and yelling in a safe place. (Not at others…)
4) Finally, do something to fix the situation to the best of your ability… change your position or ask the other person to change theirs!