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The Tower of Anger

by Dave Decker M.A., L.P.

Imagine for a moment that your anger is like a 10-story building. There is an UP ESCALATOR and a DOWN ESCALATOR on each side of the building. When you are becoming explosively angry, it is as if you get on that UP ESCALATOR and simply allow it to carry you to the top of the building. When you hit the 10th Floor, you end up "going through the roof." When you take steps to get on the DOWN ESCALATOR, you head to the 1st Floor, where you are calmer, more centered, and more peaceful.

Your cues and triggers on the ESCALATION PREVENTION PLAN (EPP) can help tell you when you are riding on the UP ESCALATOR. Your DE-ESCALATION STRATEGIES on the EPP are the things you can use to help you use the DOWN ESCALATOR to get to the 1st Floor.

LEARNING TO HANDLE YOUR ANGER MORE EFFECTIVELY MEANS:

  1. Realizing when you are on the UP ESCALATOR heading to the top of the building,
  2. Becoming more aware of what floor you are on at any given moment, and
  3. Making the clear and conscious decision to step off the UP ESCALATOR, walk to the DOWN ESCALATOR, and then get on it and start to calm yourself down.


WHERE ARE YOU IN THE "TOWER OF ANGER" RIGHT NOW?


© 1998 David J. Decker, MA, LP
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