The beginning of anger management involves self-awareness in action. As we feel anger begin with irritation, then climb to aggravation, and then reach pure anger, our challenge is to be able keep our minds working.

We have talked before about how difficult it is to rise above the arousal of an emotion to take conscious control of our thinking. Many of the skills we discuss in FireWorks will help you accomplish this task. Unless we are aware of our anger, there is little we can do to manage the emotion.

Next: Skill 1: Recognizing the signs of anger