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  Dealing with anger
Updated 18 February 2003, 15.49

PSHE 11-14/KS3/Levels E&F
Health influences

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says the incident that left David Beckham needing stitches was a "freak accident".

Students assess their anger levels over the last 12 months, how it occurs and ways of dealing with it.

Learning aims

  • Learn to identify angry times and the effects of anger.

  • Design a questionnaire to measure young people's anger.
Read the story United boss Sir Alex admits Becks incident.

Ask the class:

  • What makes you feel angry?

  • When did you last feel angry?

How would you feel if:

  • Someone broke a promise to you

  • You had something stolen from you

  • You were dumped by your boyfriend or girlfriend

  • You were lied to by someone

  • Your mobile phone (or other gadget) stopped working

  • You were told off at home or school for something you hadn't done

Make the point that all of these can make us angry. Anything that changes our usual routines or makes us worry can make us feel this way.

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson
Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

Main activity
Give out copies of the

Read through the instructions and life events with the class and explain any misunderstandings.

A total score of more than 150 indicates that someone may be overstressed. The amount that someone can take varies between individuals.

Encourage the students to design their own questionnaires using this as a model.

They should devise their own ratings for the possible responses.

Extension activity
Use the information in the Teachers' Background and the Guide to Anger to discuss its symptoms.

Ask the students to give examples of how anger can affect people and how someone can help themselves beat it. Answers may include:

  • Give yourself a break each day
  • Try and keep some time for yourself
  • Try not to take things personally
  • Get regular exercise
Recap on the main teaching points and students reflect on what they can do to reduce anger in their lives.

Teachers' Background

  • Simple anger management techniques include finding ways to keep yourself calm when you start getting worked up. For example, try to focus on your breathing and keeping your breaths slow and steady. Try recalling relaxing memories - perhaps lying on a sandy beach - for a minute or two.

  • By staying calm you are more likely to channel your anger effectively - into constructive action to improve the situation that is causing you the stress and anger. Always try to find practical solutions to the situations that get you worked up, to reduce their likelihood of occurring again.

  • Anger management also includes trying to develop a philosophy of life that accepts that people can have differing points of view. Try not to take things personally.

  • Too much stress will make you sick. Carrying too heavy a stress load is like running a car engine past the red line or leaving a toaster stuck in the 'on' position. Sooner or later, something will break, burn up, or melt down.

  • What breaks depends on where the 'weak links' are in your body.

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