BAAM Announces Anger Awareness Week 2020
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Are YOU in denial about your anger?
Take the BAAM passive aggression test to find out!
This year BAAM encourages the British public to ‘own our anger’ and dispel some of the shame around this complex but widespread mental health condition.
BAAM’s anger management coaches believe that up to 50% of people in the UK are suffering from some form of anger. The celebrity world is certainly no stranger to rage. Famous names ordered to take anger management classes recently include rapper Azealia Banks, UFC fighter Conor McGregor, singer Justin Bieber and model Naomi Campbell. Tennis great John McEnroe has admitted that he’s taken anger management classes for many years.
With so many of us suffering from anger issues, Anger Awareness Week’s goal is to shatter taboos around this widespread and damaging mental health issue. The British Association of Anger Management is asking – are you in denial about your anger?
Anyone suffering from ‘active aggression’ is usually easy to spot. Their anger takes the form of shouty outbursts (‘angergasms’), regular ranting and road rage-style confrontations. Active aggression is seen more in men than women.
‘Passive aggression’ though is internalised and more subtly expressed. Examples of passive aggression include office gossip, social media trolling, and ‘gaslighting’ a romantic partner. Passive aggression is usually, though not exclusively, seen in women.
Neither active, nor passive aggressive people want to undergo anger management! But eventually the active aggressive is given an ultimatum by their partner or employer. However, passive aggressive sufferers require a trained eye to spot and are usually referred by a health professional or HR specialist.
To help passive aggressive anger sufferers identify their issues and begin addressing them, BAAM’s experts have created the ‘Which Anger Type are You?’ test which is available for anyone to take absolutely free on BAAM’s angermanage.co.uk website. The public also have access to BAAM’s Covid-19 Anger and Anxiety Test and its ‘Keep Calm this Christmas’ downloadable PDF kit, plus Mike Fisher will be holding a special podcast in the first week of December offering practical anger management tips.
Anger is often simply anxiety and stress unhealthily expressed. Passive aggression in particular can be seen as a forerunner of depression. Anger and depression break down the immune system, encouraging ailments and more serious conditions such as cancers. They encourage self-medication with sugary foods, cigarettes, drink and drugs.
With the C-19 pandemic forcing us to evaluate our lifestyles, now is the time to address the growing anger epidemic and ‘own our anger’.
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Anger Awareness Week
Launched by The British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) in 2000, National Anger Awareness Week brings awareness to the increase in uncontrolled rage and its contribution to stress related illnesses, relationship break-ups, career and workplace disruption, plus rage incidents and domestic violence.
Timed for the run up to Christmas – one of the most stressful times of the year – National Anger Awareness Week encourages individuals, schools and the workplace to recognise the causes and symptoms of anger and provides information on counselling services and coping strategies aimed at defusing difficult situations and challenging behaviour.
Mike Fisher, Founder of the British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) aims to bring awareness to the severity of the problem and the need for services to support sufferers and their families. “National Anger Awareness Week encourages people to think about how anger impacts their lives and find ways to deal with this powerful feeling. In fact, if channelled correctly anger can be a creative rather than a destructive force,” explains Fisher. Now in its twentieth year, National Anger Awareness Week highlights the issues and offers ‘tools to cool’.
“BAAM constantly monitors the causes of anger and we have noticed an increase in rage caused by unavoidable, everyday incidents such as traffic incidents, queue jumping, social media and frustrations with modern technology. We need to find ways to cope and with the media highlighting anger and rage in our leaders and media stars, none of us are immune from experiencing what it feels like to experience this behaviour.” National Anger Awareness Week highlights anger as a social issue that needs to be addressed – creating greater awareness and responsibility for the causes and finding innovative, cost effective ways of preventing incidents associated with uncontrolled rage. The British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) provides free information on National Anger Awareness Week, nationwide anger management courses and other resources aimed at supporting individuals, educators and organisations deal with anger management issues.
The British Association of Anger Management was formed in 1999. It is considered the UK’s most trusted and successful anger management agency having treated over 20,000 people. BAAM has won various awards including CV Magazine’s Best Mental Health IPO in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
BAAM’s courses apply the most relevant aspects of established psychological science to encourage self-examination, self-knowledge, and fundamental positive change.
95% of BAAM’s clients have never experienced any form of therapy before. Many are referred via the workplace or family support teams. Patients are taught techniques to control inappropriate temper outbursts. They are also taught to read and communicate their own emotions more effectively, creating more harmonious relationships with their colleagues, friends and loved ones.
About Mike Fisher, ‘Anger Guru’
Mike Fisher, ‘the brains behind BAAM’ has over 30 years experience in the field of personal and professional development. He’s considered one of the leading experts in the field of anger management worldwide, and makes regular appearances in the UK and international mainstream media. Mike’s TV credits include Big Brother’s Little Brother, BBC1’s Violent Fathers, BBC3’s Can’t Stop losing My Cool, C5’s Beat It: Angry with My Father and many more. His book Beating Anger (2005) has sold over 70,000 copies in the UK alone. The sequel, Mindfulness and the Art of Managing Anger, is also published internationally.
Find BAAM at angermanage.co.uk. The British Association of Anger Management, 14 Railway Approach, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1BP