The Anger Box™ & Anger Box Therapy™
Edgy Therapy for a Modern Culture: Shifting the Paradigm of “Negative” Emotion
Anger has been boxed in and boxed out, much in the same way it has happened and happens inside all of us, more often than not. However, anger is one of the most highly complex emotions. It cannot be boxed in, or boxed out. Much like an infant, and/or the primal forces of humanity; it is a force to be reckoned with, and it demands to be attended to rightly… or else. No one is exempt or unaffected by anger.
As former heavy metal musician, I had not considered myself an angry person. Later in life, I could see that aggressive music was a creative outlet to soothe my own suppressed and repressed anger. I then became acutely aware of the complex nature of this emotion and was curious how anger could manifest for others.
With every opportunity I focused my undergraduate and graduate studies researching anger. I found that anger is a healthy and productive emotion that can be expressed in healthy ways, such as advocating for self and others and cultivating healthy inter and intrapersonal boundaries. I also discovered that anger presents and manifests itself in many assuming and unassuming ways. A commonality across the board however, was that anger is not generally expressed in healthy ways. I wanted to know why this was.
My research found that anger is a highly complex emotion with its roots in biology, psychology, sociology, evolution, and existential phenomena. Throughout history anger has been used to manipulate political, religious and domestic power and control, and has also been the cause of much destruction that is not exonerated from today’s world. However, one thing that remains sacred and true for anger, it is one of the most natural forms of human survival. It is when this emotion is not integrated that it becomes problematic.
Anger Box™ support groups and workshops:
- Approach anger with reverence and respect for the intelligent qualities of anger
- Honor the resilient nature of a human being’s survival response system
- Foster encouragement and compassion for the pain that causes anger
- Advocate for decreasing the shame around anger such that it can be justly attended to
- Believe that when human beings cultivate acceptance and compassion towards their own humanness the cycle of destruction can be broken