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Is it possible to overcome violent tendencies?

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2021 | blog, Domestic Violence |

While your violent behavior can result in serious injury to others, you may have sustained underlying trauma during your life that triggers your rage. Many people misunderstand violence and neglect to recognize its source.

When you know which life experiences have contributed to your lack of emotional control you may have a clearer picture of what to do to change your habits. With consistent support, hard work and determination, you have the chance to overcome violent tendencies.

Self-esteem and relationships

You may not recognize that past traumas dictate your response to perceived threats, as well as your lack of emotional control. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, violence has a direct correlation to adverse experiences during your childhood.

One thing you can do to better control your reaction is to develop self-esteem. Participate in therapy and take steps to forgive past aggressors. Try to focus on building relationships that give your life meaning. Prioritize people who show support for your healing and recovery. Taking responsibility for the mistakes you have made can help you feel better about yourself.

Empathy and response

Learning to have empathy and mastering a controlled response to angering situations will require the help of professionals. You may consider an anger management program or behavioral therapy, for example. Participating in rehabilitative programs such as these may enlighten you to healthier, safer and more civil ways of handling conflict and expressing your emotions. When you can show sympathy and understanding for others, it is less likely that you will lose control of your emotions.

Domestic violence charges do not have to mean your life is over. Your effort to correct the situation and to show your seriousness about making positive changes may help you to rebuild the trust of others.

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