Anger Thought: The famous philospher Aristotle once said: “Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not easy.” Sounds like an impossible task doesn’t it? To some degree, it is. Perfection is not the goal in meeting Aristotles Challenge. The goal is one of process, doing small successful steps over time. While it won’t be easy, it is possible!
Anger Action Plan: Break down Aristotles Challenge into five parts: Right Person, Right Degree, Right Time, Right Purpose, and Right Way. Choose one area to work on per week. What is one thing you can do to manage your anger in this area over the next seven days? Are you expressing your anger to someone who can do something about the problem you are dealing with? Is it possible to be less angry with something or someone rather than more angry? Is there a more appropriate time to express your anger than other times? Are you expressing your angry for the right reason and is the amount of anger justified by the situation or person? Is it possible to be angry in a way that the other person can receive it constructively or with less defensiveness? Take on each smaller challenge for one week over the next five weeks and evaluate what worked for you on the sixth. Start over again using your personal evaluation to guide you for the next five weeks and so on…
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