When the anger we see is acutally anxiety
When the anger we see is actually anxiety
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Learn to identify anxiety and lend
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Being misunderstood can lead to insecurities and frustrations which may translate to a display of anger.
How do we spot anxiety in an angry person?
- Heavy Breathing
- Wide-open eyes
- Trying to escape
- Hitting out
Signs of Disengagement
- Flat, still or frozen facial features
- Lack of interest
- Monotone / flat tone
- Lack of exploration
- Slow / decreased body movement
What to do?
- Give cues to the angry person that he / she is physically and emotionally safe
- Understand this as a stress response as what we are asking may exceed his / her ability to carry out
- Be flexible in changing plans and prioritise warmth, engagement, and understanding
By : Dr Shawn Ee
BSc. BPsych. DPsych.(Clinical), Clinical Psychologist & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist