The British Association of Anger Management are drawing attention to Anger Awareness week between the 1st-7th Dec 2020 for the 20th year in a row. This year they are putting the spotlight on passive aggressive anger sufferers, helping them identify their anger issues and highlighting the treatment they need.
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.
With the pressures of the month increasing some people may find their can anger increase. To help, BAAM have developed a booklet called “Keep your Cool this Christmas” You can download it here.