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Mastering Anger Curriculum Materials

This 40 lesson course (402 pages) is designed to teach students how to master their anger by understanding the steps that lead to anger, develop skills to break the chain of anger before they lose their temper, identify the issue from which the anger arose, and to resolve that issue in ways that maintain dignity and respect for both parties. 
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Creating Peace & Harmony Within Ourselves, Our Relationships, & Our Communities
Contents - Lessons and Goals


The following comments show what some students have gained from approaches featured in the "Mastering Anger" materials:

Pete, age 15
"I learned that when we fight others, we are really fighting ourselves which, in turn, really fouls up the way we want to live."

Josh, age 14
"I learned not to lose my temper and that it does not matter what other people think, and that violence is no way to solve a problem. It only leads to more problems."

Paul, age 17
" Now I think before I react to a situation that gets me upset."

David, age 15
"Anger can be controlled by settling it without fighting. Talking to the person you're angry at is a lot better because you get more things understood."

Dani, age 16
"I learned that fighting physically isn't right. If I'm going to get what I want, I should use my brain, not my fists."

Julie, age 14
"I'm not angry anymore because I can talk to the person about it instead of keeping it inside." 

1.    What is Anger?
To identify anger and identify how anger interferes with productive human interactions.
2.    Your Body's Response to Anger
To understand the physical reactions in your body when you experience anger.
3.    The Power Loop
To use the Power Loop model to understand that the only thing you can control is your own behavior.
4.    The Foundation of Personal Power is Choice
To understand there are always 500 choices in every situation.
5.    The Steps from Choice to Personal Power
To understand that your actions, rather than fate, circumstances, or luck, determine the quality of your life.
6.    The Personal Power Code
To understand exercising personal power means making choices  based on maintaining dignity and respect for yourself and others.
7.    The Benefits of Using the Personal Power Code
To use powerful statements that indicate ownership of your actions.
8.    The Personal Power Formula
To understand that it is not the event, but your response to the event, that determines what you get in life.
9.    How to Choose What You Get in Life
To understand how the self-talk, feelings, and actions you choose determine what you get in life.
10.   Anger is a Powerless Choice
To understand that when you choose anger, you always become powerless.
11.   Feelings that Lead to Anger
To understand the progression of feelings that lead to anger.
12.   Five Characteristics of Powerful People
To understand how the feelings leading up to anger prevent you from exercising personal power.
13.   Identifying the Issue Under Anger
To differentiate the underlying issue from the incident which sparked an instance of anger.
14.   Responses to Anger
To differentiate responses to anger that are negative and powerless and positive and powerful.
15.   How You Turn Caring into Anger
To identify the response to invitations that lead to anger.
16.   Outlook Determines Your Response to Invitations
To understand how your outlook determines whether you accept or reject an invitation to become angry.
17.   Real and Supposed Invitations to Become Angry
To identify those invitations to become angry are real, intended to harm, and those which are supposed, having no intent to harm.
18.   Invitations You Send Yourself to Become Angry
To become aware of how you give yourself invitations to become angry.
19.   Invitations You Send Others to Become Angry
To become aware of what you do that invites others to become angry.
20.   Empathy A Mark of Personal Power
To understand empathy is a manifestation of personal power.
21.   Empathy How it Helps Avoid Anger
To understand how empathy empowers you to avoid becoming angry.
22.   Empathy Applying It In Your Own Life
To use empathy to understand the other person's perspective in instances of personal anger.
23. Breaking Anger's Control This requires Adobe Reader
To understand how to break anger's control and escape its hold over your life.
24.   Avoid the Anger Volcano
To understand how to stop moving into anger once you have moved out of caring.
25.   Buy Time
To understand how to stop anger and de-escalate a confrontation by taking time to step back.
26.   Regain Power and Control
To understand how to use the time you bought to regain power and control of yourself.
27.   Reject the Invitation to Become Angry Part One
To practice using four steps to reject invitations to become angry.
28.   Reject the Invitation to Become Angry Part Two
To apply the four steps of rejecting an invitation to become angry using role playing situations.
29.   Victim of Circumstances or Master of Yourself
To identify what victim thinking is and how it perpetrates anger and powerlessness.
30.   Prepare for Conflict Resolution
To understand how to prepare for successful conflict resolution negotiation.
31.   Explain Your View of the Problem
To explain your side of a conflict in a way that reduces hostility and helps the other person hear your side of the story.
32.   Listen to Understand the Other Person's Perspective
To understand how listening promotes the open dialogue necessary for successful conflict resolution.
33.   Let the Other Person Know You Understand
To recognize the value of letting the other person know you understand his side.
34.   Negotiate to Win-Win
To understand the steps that promote reaching a solution in which both parties are satisfied.
35.   Conflict Resolution Handling the Pitfalls
To develop techniques to overcome four common conflict resolution pitfalls and keep the process on track.
36.   Conflict Resolution Role-Plays Part One
To practice the conflict resolution process.
37.   Conflict Resolution Role-Plays Part Two
To practice the skill of negotiating to a win-win resolution.
38.   Healthy Relationships Part One
To understand anger's effect on relationships.
39.   Healthy Relationships Part Two
To understand the attributes that build and maintain a healthy relationship.
40.   Personal Application of Course Principles
To reflect on the personal relevance of the principles and skills presented in the course.
Wrap-Up The Gift
To reflect on how the content of this course has had a positive, personal impact.
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