Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Novaco, R. W. 2010. Anger Management. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Anger control has been a vexing issue that has been addressed in disparate ways by great thinkers across historical periods and by social scientists, clinicians, and community caretakers alike. It has been a societal agenda since classical philosophers grappled with the regulation of inner life and the enhancement of virtue. Anger is the prototype of the view of emotions as passions that seize the personality, disturb judgment, alter bodily conditions, and imperil behavior. While anger's troublesome facets and by-products are generally acknowledged, its personal and social value remains. Humans are hard-wired for anger because of its survival functions. There can be no sensible thoughts to negate it, much as the Stoics and the Victorians tried. Nevertheless, the aggression-producing, harm-doing capacity of anger is unmistakable, and so is its potential to adversely affect prudent thought, core relationships, work performance, and physical well-being. These problem conditions, however, are not derivative of anger per se, but result instead from anger being dysregulated, that is, its activation, expression, and experience occurring without appropriate controls.