Statistics On the Growing Anger Epidemic
In 320 B.C., the Greek philosopher, Aristotle stated, “anybody can become angry – that is easy. However, 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 requires wisdom.” Presently, wisdom seems to be in short supply throughout the world. Anger is growing in terms of frequency, intensity and duration.
Anger can range from tepid annoyance to mindless rage. While anger is a normal human emotion, ongoing impulsive anger often leads to massive, sometimes irrevocable, problems in interpersonal relationships, work and on general quality of life. People that have difficulty managing anger are susceptible to road rage, verbal and physical violence, and some may find themselves in legal trouble due to anger-fueled incidents.
Recently, the Mental Health Organization launched a report ‘Boiling Point’ about problem anger, how it affects individuals, families and communities, and what we can do to minimize the harm it causes.
Key statistics from the anger management report are:
• Sixty-four percent say that the world is becoming an angrier place.
• Almost a third of people polled (32%) say they have a close friend or family member who has trouble controlling their anger.
• More than one in ten (12%) say that they have trouble controlling their own anger.
• More than one in four people (28%) say that they worry about how angry they sometimes feel.
• One in five of people (20%) say that they have ended a relationship or friendship with someone because of how they behaved when they were angry.
• Fewer than one in seven (13%) of those people who say they have trouble controlling their anger have sought help for their anger problems.
• 58% of people wouldn’t know where to seek help if they needed help with an anger problem.
• 84% agree that people should be encouraged to seek help if they have problems with anger.
• Those who have sought help were most likely to do so from a health professional (such as a counselor, therapist, doctor or nurse), rather than from friends and family, social workers, or employers.
• Generational differences are striking. Older people are less likely to report having a close friend or family member with an anger problem or to be worried about how angry they sometimes feel or that they have trouble dealing with their own anger, than younger people.
On top of this, a recent study from Duke University reported that 10% of U.S. adults have both a history of impulsive anger and access to a firearm. The researchers found that 1.5 percent of adults with impulsive anger issues carry a gun. Anger problems seem to be growing in scope and intensity and the collateral issues associated run the risk of becoming more explosive and destructive.
The Anger Management Class (AMC) at WebAngerManagement.com was developed to help meet anger management needs in a variety of populations – individuals who cannot afford the higher expense of weekly individual or group therapy sessions, those in remote geographic regions, those whose work schedule prohibits them from seeing a therapist, and those with high anxiety which prevents them from going in to seek out the help that would improve their life.
The AMC is designed for high school age to adult clients seeking help with proven tools to manage their anger and reclaim their lives The AMC designed by emotion expert, Dr. John Schinnerer, is particularly useful in outpatient anger treatment programs, court-related mandates, diversion programs and probation departments. It is an evidence-based program to help solve this anger epidemic.
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