Uncovering the emotions masked by anger --RSS Feed

By Tonya Villwock, Independent Living Services Coordinator—Branch Offices
 
In a recent peer support group meeting that I facilitated, the members discussed in great detail how anger can mask numerous other feelings that a person may experience. It is easy to react with anger to a problem, but trying to identify the underlying feelings that led to your reaction is not as easy.
 
As an activity, we created an “Umbrella of Emotion” and as we identified hidden feelings covered (i.e. masked) by anger, we wrote them on the umbrella. The peer support members identified how their anger could be caused by a fear of something happening, loss of control, being embarrassed, being insecure or feeling trapped. As we discussed these feelings, it became easier for the members to think about what triggers their anger and how they feel when it happens.


An umbrella with different emotions written on it
 Our "Umbrella of Emotion" was
covered with emotions anger masks.

Once our “Umbrella of Emotion” was full, we then discussed anger management skills, coping strategies and how to use conflict resolution skills to resolve the situation. Despite the notion that opening an umbrella indoors is bad luck, we had fun while learning new skills.
 
Using activities such as this to have fun with a topic allows the members of a peer support group to feel comfortable, encourages participation and builds peer relations among members as they share their experiences.
 
I currently run two of IndependenceFirst's support groups:
 
Waukesha County Women’s Peer Support Group
Event location: First United Methodist Church Basement at ACAP
121 Wisconsin St Waukesha, WI
Forth Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
 
Washington County Peer Support Group
Event location: The Threshold Inc.
600 Rolfs Ave West Bend, WI
Second Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 
We also have a variety of additional support groups for youth and adults with disabilities.
 
Please contact me at tvillwock@independencefirst.org or (414) 226-8138 V/Relay with questions, to join one of the support groups I run or if you would like to start a support group in your community.
 

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