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The angry people are those people who are most afraid...

Dr Robert Anthony


About anger and aggression                                                                                     

Anger is a very common emotion that everyone experiences at times.  We tend to get angry when we are stressed, frustrated, or feel that something is unfair, and this is no different in children and young people.  Feeling angry at times is as natural as feeling happy and sad, and if it happens occasionally it is not a bad thing at all.  We tend to see anger as a bad thing, or even fear it, because of the sometimes explosive nature of it.  Many people therefore often try to avoid anger altogether, but this often just leads to more problems further down the line.

Children and young people tend to experience anger for the same reasons that adults do.  They may have been annoyed by something in the present and are reacting to it immediately.  It could also be that they were treated badly in the past and are still feeling angry about that, and end up carrying a lot of 'bottled up' anger around with them.

Feelings of anger can range from mild irritation to fully blown rages, verbal outbursts and physical violence.  It is important that children and young people learn to express their anger constructively and feel heard, because if the anger is ignored it can build up inside and may lead to them expressing it in disruptive behaviour or turning their frustration on themselves in the form of self-harm.