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On this track, we will present an introduction to Anger Management regarding road rage and dispel widely held myths. Two topics regarding road rage and Anger Management clients we will discuss are: the escalation of rage; and the internal process. The myths we will discuss include the myths that connect road rage to the following: temperature; character; and sex. Are you currently treating a road rage court ordered anger management client?
Understanding 2 Processes that Lead to Road Rage
#1 Escalation of Rage in 3 Steps
Actual full blown road rage is the fourth and final step a court ordered angry management driver can reach in which he or she further escalates abuse and punishment by seeking to physically injure the other driver.
#2 Internal Process - 6 Characteristics
Think of your Anger Management client. Does he or she experience any of these six internal processes when experiencing an impulse? Are some incidents of road rage in your Anger Management clients not being treated?
Dispelling 3 Myths of Road Rage
Myth #1: Temperature
Myths #2 & #3: Character and Sex
To help Jack understand that it was more than just the character of the driver, I shared with him this news story. Donald Graham, a fifty-four year old church deacon, was driving home after an afternoon of square dancing when he saw a car using high beams to tailgate another. Donald decided that wasn’t right and took it upon himself to teach the tailgater a lesson by giving him a taste of his own medicine. Graham then tailgated the tailgater using bright beams too. Finally, the original tailgater, Michael Blodgett pulled to the side of the road and Donald did the same, a short distance behind. Blodgett got out and began to walk towards the deacon’s car with a heavy duty flashlight in hand.
The deacon, decided the driver was as malevolent as he had suspected. He then took a crossbow out of his trunk, loaded a hunting arrow, and shot Blodgett, mortally wounding him. He later died from his injuries. Even after being convicted and sentenced, the deacon still maintains self-defense. I asked Jack if he would ever have suspected his own deacon or pastor to be capable of such actions. Jack stated, “No, I guess not. I suppose that anyone is capable of violence, even unwarranted violence.”
I feel that dispelling such myths of “it will never happen to me” is vital in helping an Anger Management client understand that he or she is not immune while in the car. Think of your Jack. Could he or she benefit from dispelling a myth?
On this track we discussed an introduction to road rage and discussed myths that Anger Management clients have connected to road rage. Some topics of road rage we discussed were: the escalation of rage; and the internal process. The myths we discussed included the myths that connected road rage to the following: temperature; character; and sex.
On the next track, we will examine four beliefs and how they relate to Anger Management clients: making good time; being number one; not letting the other driver get away with it; and certain drivers should not be allowed on the road.
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