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Anger Warning Signs

Use this worksheet at the beginning of anger management treatment to help educate clients about their physical and behavioral responses to anger. We recommend taking time to help your client identify their earliest warning signs of anger that might be less obvious and more difficult to recognize, so they can cut off aggression before it has an opportunity to take over.

The worksheet text reads: "Sometimes anger can affect what you say or do before you even recognize the feeling. This is especially true if you feel angry all the time. You may become so used to the feeling of anger that you don't notice it, sort of like how you can hear the sound of an air condition or the humming of a refrigerator but block it from your mind. Even if you aren't thinking about your feelings, they influence how you behave. The first step to managing anger is learning to recognize your personal warning signs that tell you how you feel."

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1. Reilly, P. M., & Shopshire, M. S. (2002). Anger management for substance abuse and mental health clients: cognitive behavioral therapy manual. US Department of Health & Human Services.

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