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Mindfulness and the treatment of anger problems

journal contribution
posted on 2009-09-01, 00:00 authored by S Wright, Andrew Day, K Howells
Clinical interventions based on training in mindfulness skills are an increasingly common part of psychological practice. Mindfulness training can lead to reductions in a variety of problematic conditions including pain, stress, anxiety, depressive relapse, psychosis, and disordered eating but to date there have been few attempts to investigate the effectiveness of this approach with problematic anger. In this paper, the literature in relation to the theory and treatment of problematic anger is reviewed, with the aim of determining whether a rationale exists for the use of mindfulness with angry individuals. It is concluded that anger as an emotion seems particularly appropriate for the application of mindfulness-based interventions, and the potential mechanisms for its proposed effects in alleviating the cognitive, affective and behavioral manifestations of anger are discussed.

History

Journal

Aggression and violent behavior

Volume

14

Issue

5

Pagination

396 - 401

Publisher

Elsevier Science

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

1359-1789

eISSN

1873-6335

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Elsevier