Designed for facilitators of groups for physically, emotionally and sexually abused women, this volume examines a programme that focuses on the woman herself and her power to change the course of her life. The book is based on the accumulated experience of the authors and their continuing evaluation of groups they have facilitated over the past eight years. Both material for clients and easy-to-follow scripts for group leaders are included. Educational rather than therapeutic, the programme includes sessions on family roles, boundaries, feelings and assertiveness skills. It is designed to enable abused women to: understand the problem and reality of abuse for the entire family; set realistic goals; become aware of lifelong

More about Feelings: Anger

More about feelings: Anger

Session VI Text

Understanding Anger


Anger is one of the most difficult feelings for abused women to confront in themselves and, understandably, in others. Merriam-Webster's dictionary (1993) defines anger as “a strong feeling of displeasure and [usually] of antagonism” (p. 44). Synonyms are rage, fury, indignation, and wrath. The feeling of anger is as natural as that of being thirsty. Animals become angry when their territory is invaded. They become angry when their young, their herd, or they themselves are threatened. We humans become angry for the same natural reasons; it signals us that psychological or physical boundaries are being crossed against our wishes; our children, family, community, or selves are threatened with harm; needs are not met for ...

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