Online Class: Anger Management 101

This insightful anger management course will help you learn how to recognize, manage and control your anger before it takes control of your actions and life.

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Course Description

If you have been at the mercy of the negative consequences that result from mishandled anger, then this online anger management course will provide relief. This insightful class is filled with both practical wisdom and application that will end the anger trap for good.
Everyone occasionally gets angry and anger is a natural reaction to the things that happen: to you, around you, to someone you care for.  Anger is a normal emotion unless the result of your anger is such that your reaction becomes uncontrollable, violent, or destructive. 

When anger becomes your reaction of choice to even the most  minor of situations, or if you find yourself lashing out unnecessarily at people you love, respect, or care for, your anger may be spiraling out of control.  Out of control anger can lead to many psychological and emotional issues, as well as many difficulties with your career, important relationships, and friendships. 

This course will provide the information you will need to end the anger cycle and live up to your true potential. We will discuss these topics:

What are Various forms of Anger

What are the Responses to Anger

How to Control Anger

Developing Empathy

Passive Aggressive Behaviors

Stress Factors

Anger in Relationships

Professional Help Resources

Breathing and Relaxation Exercises

The Basics of Anger
Everyone occasionally gets angry, and anger is a reaction to the things that happen: to you, around you, or to someone you care for.  Anger is a normal, natural emotion – unless the result of your anger is such that your reaction becomes uncontrollable, violent, or destructive. 

When anger becomes your reaction of choice to even the most minor of situations, or if you find yourself lashing out unnecessarily at people you love, respect, or care for, your anger may be spiraling out of control. Out-of-control anger can lead to many psychological and emotional issues, as well as many difficulties with your career, important relationships, and friendships.

What Is Anger?

Anger is an emotional state that occurs when unexpected things happen to you, or around you, that you don't like. The feelings you have can be as mild as annoyance, and as extreme as fury and rage.

Anger is a very subjective emotion. What makes one person angry may not bother another person at all. There are three basic types of anger that psychologists recognize as being different emotional states. The first is a defense mechanism that occurs when we feel threatened or trapped.  The second form of anger exists as a reaction to the interpretation of events in which we believe that we are deliberately being harmed or being treated unfairly. The last type of anger is the irritable, sullen anger more closely associated to personality than to emotion.

Basically, anger is the emotional response you feel when your expectations are not met. It might be an unmet expectation that people will do the "right" thing (like return your wallet, money intact, when you lose it in a restaurant or at the mall); or that people will do things the "right" way (like when you asked your son to wash the car and he didn't rinse off the soap and you had to re-wash it yourself, but you didn't discover it right away so there was more work involved). It might be an expectation that you will have a good day, that traffic will flow smoothly – and then you get caught behind a 14-car pileup on the freeway.  It may even be an expectation that you have of yourself -- expecting yourself to be able to do a certain specific task or perform a certain function, and then when you are unable to perform at the level you expected of yourself, you become angry.

Whenever the expectation we have in our minds for a particular outcome is not met, we can become angry. The emotion of anger is simply the feeling or psychological response we have to the unmet expectation, or disappointment, or perceived threat. Our reaction to the feeling, however, can cause us to act inappropriately toward other people, or even toward objects. (Have you ever punched a wall or thrown something across a room when you're mad? That is the reaction to anger.)

Many times, people do not realize they are angry until it is too late -- when they are saying horrible things to someone whom they love, or behaving violently toward someone. Some people will not realize anger has done any damage until well after the reaction they have had, when they are dealing with the consequences of the action (like getting arrested for domestic violence, or brawling in a pub).  Part of anger management is learning to recognize the feeling of anger before the reaction to anger happens.

What Causes Anger?

The emotion of anger can be set off by both internal and external triggers. Internal triggers may include reactions to things you may already be sensitive about, like being teased. External triggers are things beyond your control that don't happen in the way they should.  Certain situations can make you angry – particularly when you feel like you have no control over circumstances (you show up for a doctor's appointment  you've been waiting to go to for more than a month, and when you get there, the doctor has been called away to surgery).People can make you angry. Even memories can make you angry. 

Anger is an instinctual emotion that can cause an aggressive urge. It is a completely normal response; it is an ancient part of our defense mechanism that allowed us to survive, adapt, and defend, making it a necessary survival instinct. Anger is a completely normal and natural feeling to have. However, inappropriate anger response is often the cause of altercations, run-ins with police, domestic violence issues, and other less favorable outcomes.

Sometimes, our behavior when we're angry becomes a comfortable habit – a feeling we are used to having. We recognize the feeling of anger, without even realizing we are angry, and react in a habitual, but unhealthy way without stopping to think about what it was that made us angry, or why. Part of anger management and taking an anger management course is to learn to stop that habit of reaction.

Understanding what causes you to become angry is one of the first things you can do to understand how to control your reaction to feeling anger.  Everyone's anger thresholds are different as are the situations and experiences that make them angry.


Anger is a normal, natural emotion, and without it we would be less able to defend ourselves when needed.  However, our physical reaction to anger and the way we express anger can become a problem for some.  Anger management helps people learn how to recognize and control their reactions to anger.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1 - The Basics of Anger

Anger is a normal, natural emotion, and without it we would be less able to defend ourselves when needed. However, our physical reaction to anger, and the way we express anger, can sometimes become a problem. 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Anger Management Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 - The Basics of Anger

Lesson 2 - Area Responses to Anger

Anger is an emotion that elicits responses from three areas: physical, physiological, and cognitive. Additional lesson topics: How to Express Anger in a Positive and Healthy Way 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 - Area Responses to Anger

Lesson 3 - Identifying Anger

Recognizing your anger requires you to do a little self-exploration to determine what kinds of things make you angry, how you have been taught to handle anger, and why you feel provoked to anger in certain circumstances. Additional lesson topics: Identifying Anger; The Main Causes of Your Irrational Anger 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 - Identifying Anger

Lesson 4 - Controlling Anger

Repressing anger is not the same as calming yourself in a positive way and working through your anger. Repressed anger can manifest itself in both psychological and physical ways and can cause stress, high blood pressure, and frustration. 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 - Controlling Anger

Lesson 5 - Developing Empathy

Empathy is having the ability to feel or understand what someone else is feeling. By developing your ability to feel empathy, you may be able to diffuse your anger and angry reactions, because you will understand what the other person is feeling. Additional lesson topics: Dr. Robert Brooks on Empathy; Five Steps to Calm Anger with Empathy; How Empathy Can Reduce Your Anger 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 - Developing Empathy

Lesson 6 - Passive Aggressive Behavior

Passive aggressive behavior is a coping mechanism that people use to handle their anger. On the outside, they seem friendly, cooperative, and willing, but on the inside they are seething and resort to sabotage. Additional lesson topics: Passive-Aggressive Behavior; Aggressive Personalities 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 - Passive Aggressive Behavior

Lesson 7 - Stress

Stress is the mental and physical reaction to the daily pressures of life. The relationship between stress and anger is undeniable. There are things you can do to reduce stress both mentally and physically. Additional lesson topics: Using Exercise to Beat Stress 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Stress Level
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 - Stress

Lesson 8 - Anger in Key Relationships

The people we love the most are often the ones who anger us the most. We can have angry feelings toward parents, children, siblings, and spouses. Open communication is the most important way to handle anger in your closest relationships. Additional lesson topics: How to Handle Anger Through Proper Communication 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 - Anger in Key Relationships

Lesson 9 - Professional Help

Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we are unable to handle anger on our own. When that happens, seek a licensed professional counselor or anger management therapist to help you learn effective ways to manage your anger. Additional lesson topics: National Anger Management Association; How to Know If You Need Anger Management 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 - Professional Help

Lesson 10 - Breathing and Relaxation Exercises

Breathing exercises can make you dizzy or lightheaded, so be careful and use caution. If a specific exercise recommends sitting to perform it, it is important that you comply. 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Anger and Stress Management; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 - Breathing and Relaxation Exercises
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify what anger is.
  • Recognize area responses to anger.
  • Perform variety of methods to control anger.
  • Develop empathy.
  • Recognize different forms of passive aggressive behavior.
  • Identify stress factors that cause anger.
  • Recognize the use of anger in key relationships.
  • Identify when to seek professional help.
  • Utilize breathing and relaxation exercises to better control anger and outbursts.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Anger Management 101
Course Number: 7550244
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (5,622 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Last Updated: January 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $75.00 U.S. dollars

Student Testimonials

  • "I really enjoyed this course. I thought it was very informative about what anger management is and how to reduce your anger and stress. It helped me become more self-aware of my expectations and the journal exercises were further helpful to be able to communicate some of my issues." -- Erin J.
  • "I am very thankful for the opportunity to take this course and feel that it was very helpful in teaching ways to recognize and deal with my anger in the future." -- Tony M.
  • "I think this course is great. Every lesson is laid out in a way that is easy to navigate. Very informative." -- Erin G.
  • "I think this course was amazing and I think the breathing steps and how to take care of stress was very helpful." -- Kiara W.
  • "This course was very helpful. I now have the tools I need to address my anger in a healthier way. Complete eye opener! Thank you!" -- Tracy H.
  • "I enjoyed the course very much , I did find it challenging at times, as it's the very first self help course that I've ever done...I'm very happy with the outcome and how I feel. I believe the course has helped and improved my anger issues and state of mind. Thank you." -- John L.
  • "The course was great I learned so many things that I did not knew before and I also learned about myself, what caused me to be angry and what steps should I take to control it. I think I am more equipped with the tools I needed to control and handle my anger through this course,tkank you." -- Harsimran P.
  • "The course, for me, was reflective, offering new insights to control of anger issues. I thought, overall, the course met its desired outcomes." -- George P.
  • "Yes this is a very well explained course and every thing is explained in good detail and easy to understand with good examples. It was really very helpful in giving me a insight about my own anger and helped to understand myself better I can definitely enjoy the benefits of this course. Thank you very much." -- Steven P.
  • "Very good as it allows me to understand about passive-aggressive behavior which relates to what happen in my life and how I've responded in fits of anger. Thank you with appreciation." -- Cindy juliana R.

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