The ideas you have about anger that you bring to this learning experience are an important starting point. Effective anger management is more than learning a few skills. The more you understand anger, the more effective you will be.

We will focus on four sets of principles related to:

Meaning (fourteen principles)
Importance (five principles)
Risks (seven principles)
Impact (five principles)

Meaning will help you understand what anger is. Importance reveals why anger, like fire, can be a useful emotion. Risks will show the harmful side of anger, which like fire, can be destructive. Impact refers to the effect of anger on children.

Before examining the first principle for Meaning, though, let’s take some time to consider what anger means for us.

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