Thinking before acting
Assessment involves thinking before action. Making decisions during an anger experience is a critical part of anger management. Of course, thinking is no substitute for action. At some point, we have to respond directly to the situation.
We examined four FireWorks skills that are part of the Assessing phase:
Conduct a risk assessment
Tune out provocations
Stop and adjust my self-talk
Avoid anger triggers
Let's now move to the third set of skills, Choosing a course of action.