Do you lose your temper at those that you love?
Are your angry outbursts leaving you feeling lonely, isolated and ashamed?
Do you know that you should manage your anger better but don't know where to seek help?
If you have answered "Yes" to any of these questions, this article is for you.
In this article, I will look at the difference between face-to-face and online anger management programs, whether online anger management programs are effective and discuss which option may be right for you.
Let's start by looking at the difference between face-to-face and online anger management programs.
Face-To-Face Anger Management Programs
Face-to-face anger management programs are usually conducted in a group setting, with an instructor facilitating the group and leading discussions. Typically these groups will run for approximately 12-20 weeks, with the group meeting every week, usually in the evening, for about two hours.
Face-to-face anger management programs are divided by gender, with men and women in separate groups.
Over the last 30 years, I have run approximately two thousand face-to-face anger management group sessions, and I know these programs can be effective. However, they also have some downsides, which I will discuss soon.
Anger Management Online Programs
On the other hand, anger management online programs usually consist of a series of video lessons and worksheets, designed to help you understand your anger and develop ways to control it. These programs may also include an individual or group coaching element, such as the option to attend weekly Zoom coaching sessions.
In contrast to face-to-face anger management programs, online programs can be completed at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. Additionally, they have the significant benefit that you can repeat the lessons and worksheets as often as you need. This helps reinforce the learning.
Online programs can be completed at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. Additionally, they have the significant benefit that you can repeat the lessons and worksheets as often as you need. This helps reinforce the learning.
Many clients of mine also watch the lessons in my online anger management program with their partners or spouses, meaning that the learning from the program is shared, and the program can be used as a tool for creating a better relationship, including practising many relationship skills, such as active listening or giving clear messages, together.
Which Is More Effective?
So, which is more effective, attending a face-to-face or an online anger management program?
The answer to this question may depend on your individual circumstances, but my experience suggests that completing an online anger management program is generally more effective than completing a face-to-face program.
Why is this?
Completing an online anger management program is generally more effective than completing a face-to-face program.
The main reason I believe, is what I have already alluded to.
Participating in an anger management online program gives you the flexibility to pause, rewind and repeat lessons, which helps reinforce learning. It also allows you to work at your own pace and on your own schedule, which helps keep your motivation levels up.
Jason, a man who completed my comprehensive online anger management program, The Complete Anger Management System, told me after completing the course that he found it "incredibly helpful," saying that:
"One of the things that I've really appreciated about it being an online course is that I can continue to go back to it whenever I want. If I wake up at four in the morning and can't get back to sleep, I can log on and do some modules. I can do it in my own time, which for me, was what I wanted and what I needed."
Lisa, another past client of mine, said that:
"I really like that it's online because I can do it at my own pace. I can go back through my lessons. I can make notes. I can rewatch the videos. I can download all of the worksheets and stuff."
"Whenever I do a lesson, I sit down with pen and paper, and I write things down, and I'll pause the video and I will write which of the points that are applicable to me and to my life and what I think will be the most helpful to me."
Arjun, another past client of mine, said that:
"If you do not have not much time in your life, you should do an online course, because it's quite handy. You can take your phone and spend 10 to 15 minutes on a lesson. And if you can do one lesson a day, you will definitely see changes in just a few weeks."
So, as you can see from my clients' experiences, online anger management programs can be an effective and convenient way to learn how to manage your anger and create calmer, happier relationships.
Do Anger Management Online Programs Work?
Finally, lets answer the question, "Do Anger Management Online Programs Work?"
From the stories of my clients, it's clear that online anger management programs can be very effective.
This is what I think too. In fact, I believe that for most people, completing an online anger management program is a more effective way to learn how to manage your anger than attending face-to-face sessions.
For most people, completing an online anger management program is a more effective way to learn how to manage your anger than attending face-to-face sessions.
Recently I came across research which confirms this. This research was conducted by Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institute in Sweden and was called the "Anger Study".
In the "Anger Study", researchers worked with 234 participants, all of whom had significant anger problems. These participants were randomly assigned to a four-week online anger management program.
At the end of these four weeks, participants reported significantly lower levels of anger and aggression, especially for participants who experienced high levels of anger at the start of the study.
Researchers concluded that even a "four-week online anger management programme can effectively reduce anger problems."
Even a four-week online anger management programme can effectively reduce anger problems.
So as you can see, there is evidence that online anger management programmes are effective.
If you want to learn more about my comprehensive online anger management program, The Complete Anger Management System, click here.