|Are you an angry man?|
Are we everything we want to be? Are we sticking to our New Year's resolutions and ultimately, are we happy?
2014 is a new opportunity to learn more about ourselves. A new opportunity to learn what makes us tick and how we think, because how we think about ourselves has consequences for everyone around us.
As the title alludes, anger is an emotion we are all familiar with. But why we are angry? That's the question we should be asking. Why is it that on some days the kids can come home and dump their coats and bags on the floor and you pick them up with patience and a smile, while other days when their coats and bags are dumped on the floor, an almighty roar escapes you and you see red. Is it simply the fact they dropped their stuff unceremoniously, or is it something else?
Its usually something else! Trust me...
Just like I trust Mike Fisher from the British Association of Anger Management (BAAM), who taught me to understand why I get angry. By understanding that one simple aspect of what makes me tick, has opened up a whole treasure trove of understanding.
I'm angry because I had a shameful childhood, which I kept suppressed from loved ones, friends and ultimately myself. I dealt with it then by believing in the fantasy of my own making.
“My mum was committed to a mental institution because she was a genius, born before her time!”
Other people at Mike Fisher's weekend course spoke of over-bearing parents who never gave encouragement. Other's spoke of being degraded and made to feel inferior, while others spoke of cruel neglect and outright abuse.
The point I'm making is that we all had childhoods which has left us feeling ashamed. Though the beauty of it, was that none of us realised it! This explains why some days we can pick up after our kids with a smile, while on others we snap and holler. It isn't that they drop their stuff, its because when we see them dump their stuff, it takes us back to a time when we were snapped and hollered at for dropping our stuff.
Of-course this is just skimming over the surface and a BAAM anger management weekend course will go into more detail, than can ever be written here.
For me personally, I've been able to understand my anger in ways I never thought possible. I'm OK in talking about my childhood, in which my mother had a nervous breakdown when I was 6 years old. One in four people suffer from mental illnesses, so it isn't rare that children would be effected too.
Since attending Mike Fisher's (BAAM) weekend workshop, I've come to see my anger in a new light and appreciate it for what it is- namely a highly charged emotion, of which I am now in charge of. When I feel the red mist building, I blow it away by thinking of the bigger picture. Does it matter in five minutes whether the kids clean up their stuff from the kitchen floor? Does it matter that the kitchen bin hasn't been taken out yet? Does it matter that my partner has forgotten to do that important something, I asked her to do. Sometimes it does matter but more often than not, it doesn't.
Stop, think, take a look at the BIG picture.
We each took away our own bits from a BAAM weekend workshop that resonated with us. Some took away the lesson of Shadow Self, about reacting to aspects of others, which we suppress in ourselves. Others took away the lesson of how to replenish our own needs, without replying on others to replenish our needs. Others took away the lesson of Flow Process, the Detour Method and the Clearing process.
We each took away what we needed to help us control our own anger. Though what we all took away, is the knowledge that we've learnt more about ourselves, than when we first sat in a group and told each other how we felt.
Is it time you went on an Anger Management course?
Mike Fisher and BAAM offer weekend workshops through-out the UK, all through the year. If you have an anger problem, like millions of others, and find it's having a detrimental effect on the people around you, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to do something about it.
Your first step can be to check out BAAM's websites at www.beatinganger.com & www.stressexperts.co.uk where you will get more information about BAAM services. Alternatively you can give Mike Fisher and his team a call right now. No time like the present. Them a call on 0345 1300 286 and see what BAAM can do for you.
What will you learn about myself in 2014?