Anger & Performance

Three stages of learning and change

Anger Management is both a learning and a therapy. You will learn to manage your angry behaviour. You will feel more peaceful and more powerful when you see there is “light at the end of the tunnel”, as you begin to understand the causes of your anger.

STAGE 1 offers short term methods to begin managing your temper outbursts, manipulation, road rage and the behaviours which may be causing problems in your life. You can learn to manage the split second when you are about to explode. Learn to ‘stop’, to express ‘anger by appointment only’.

STAGE 2 focuses on understanding the causes of your anger. We carry our own anger at all times, ready to ignite at the slightest excuse. If it is out of proportion to the event then you are probably taking things personally. That is when you become over aroused and you start to perform less efficiently.

STAGE 3 is about new behavioural choices and new ways of looking at the world. It is about  not letting your anger ‘hijack’ you. You will learn how to express anger in a healthy way. It is possible to be assertive without being aggressive and to focus all your energy on competing without the risk of being penalised

“By joining an Anger Management course you have already won half the battle – admitting you have a problem”


Why going over the top reduces your performance

Anger Management is about self management  and regulation. Please look at the graph below. This shows the effect of the level of anger and excessive arousal on your performance

Performance Chart

This is called the “INVERTED U HYPOTHESIS”.

Its suggests that above a certain level of arousal your performance will decrease as an extreme level of arousal can lead to a lack of awareness and attention outside of oneself. In terms of anger this can correspond to the “red mist”. When we are aroused to an extreme it is easy to lose all sense of relationship with the outside world and to other people. Exercise is known to  induce responses in the body which increase physiological arousal (mainly through adrenaline). During aerobic exercise brain activity increases. Recent research seems to have identified an adrenaline threshold above which cognitive performance decreases. This is similar to the lactate threshold but at a higher intensity.

What is more the effect is even more marked if you are carrying out a complex sport such as golf.

Are you a golfer or a weight lifter?

Golf and Weight Lifter

The Yerkes-Dodson Law states that : If the task is complex, requiring fine motor skill, the optimal level of arousal is low. If the task is relatively simple, requiring gross motor skill, the optimal level of arousal is high.

The conclusion is clear. An excessive level of arousal, anger or stress can reduce your performance.


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