Rutgers controversy sparks anger management discussion

Earlier this year, a Rutgers University basketball coach made national headlines after a practice video surfaced in which he physically and verbally abused his players. The ensuing controversy ultimately led to his termination last month, but the incident still has many academic administrators, players and sports fans alike puzzling over the role of aggression in these leadership positions, and how anger management can prevent such events.

Recently, an anger management consultant discussed the issue in a piece for, a regional news outlet.

“Incidents like Rutgers remind us how quickly we can […] revert to that primitive caveman mentality, and how disturbing [it is] to know that it is still part of us, lurking, and potentially ready to explode,” Dr. Joseph Shrand of Harvard Medical School told the source, explaining that “the potential for acting more civilized is now achievable given the current evolution of our brain.”

If you often struggle to keep your rage under control, you may worry that there is something wrong with you, or that this issue somehow makes you a bad person. Remember, though, that anger is natural, and being prone to aggression isn’t necessarily indicative of your character. You may just have an exaggerated fight-or-flight response that you’ve never learned how to address.

At Conflict Coaching & Consulting, we offer online anger management classes that can teach you the skills you need to recognize this reaction without allowing it to dictate your responses, so you can handle difficult situations calmly and rationally. Plus, by completing one of our content-rich Web-based courses, you can pursue this path to self-enrichment on your own time.

Carlos Todd PhD LCMHC

Dr. Carlos Todd PhD LCMHC specializes in anger management, family conflict resolution, marital and premarital conflict resolution. His extensive knowledge in the field of anger management may enable you to use his tested methods to deal with your anger issues.


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