Dec. 15, 2011

Aggression Replacement Training

by Horace Payne (author's profile)



I've enrolled in a class called A.R.T.
I'm learning how to deal with anger less aggressively.

There are six basic techniques, called T.C. RATS,
Which can identify anger and where you're at.
The first is "triggers". That's what started it all.
You must complete the cycle to make the right call.

Next, there's "cues". This is body language;
Things you may feel when you're a little anguished.

Then, there's "reminders" you must remind yourself.
With certain triggers there's only anger that's left.

Recognizing triggers, cues, and reminding is fine.
Now it's time for you to make your anger decline.

There are several ways to do this,
But what works for me
Is counting backwards leaving
Out one, two, and three.

This process goes on now it's
Time for you to think
What shall I do now to cause my
Ship not to sink.

When this works for you and
Things turn out O.K.,
That's your reward. Pretend
It's your payday.


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lggg Posted 12 years, 6 months ago. ✓ Mailed 12 years, 5 months ago   Favorite
Impressive poetry. And good insight for anyone wanting to control their temper. Just curious, why not the one, two, three? For the rhyme or different reason?

socialworkJody Posted 12 years, 5 months ago. ✓ Mailed 12 years, 5 months ago   Favorite
Wooooooooow Horace!!!

Good, good, good - that class sounds awesome! Be sure to post more about it - anger is such a tough issue to deal with because its over powering, over bearing, and it feels good and powerful! I've been locked up too , I did a small county bid when in my early 20's for A&B, but I had several before that. I know where my anger was coming from now, it was merely hurt turned inside out into rage - the hurt from my parents, my childhood, classmates picking on me, etc.

It escalated into something I liked having and felt normal feeling. Then I realized society and other people don't agree! So when I was locked up the nager management class I took taught us how to pinch the part of our hand right at the palm/beginning part of your thumb - its a pressure point that is suppose to decrease your heart rate, calm you down and defocus you when your start feeling like you are going to lose your temper! Try it sometime :)

Tell us more about this ART class as you know more. I heard about an ART class where you think of a bad memory and replace it with a happy pleasant ending instead of what really happened. The ART I heard about is a form of therapy, but yours sounds interesting. I want to know as your learn.

Thanks, Jody

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