Improve Impulse Control to Avoid Bad Decisions
Exercising impulse control is a basic idea that becomes very difficult when you just want to send that text or email and say what you really think. Letting your mind make decisions when angry might seem like the easiest option, but in the long run it is more healthy to build impulse control and learn to curb your anger. You can’t always control your emotions, but you can learn to direct your reactions and build positive mental pathways for the future.
Today we are sharing an excerpt from Healing the Angry Brain: How Understanding the Way Your Brain Works Can Help You Control Anger and Aggression, an audiobook written by Dr. Ronald Potter-Efron. When anger runs your life, it can also run your brain, developing pathways and habits for your emotions to follow in future. Take control of this process by understanding the different parts of your brain, the emotions they control, and the ways you can rewire it. You don’t have to let your anger be the boss of you!
What’s in this episode?
In this episode, Dr. Ronald Potter-Efron clarifies the purpose of the prefrontal cortex and details techniques that help train your brain to learn impulse control to help you avoid making decisions when you’re angry.
Ronald Potter-Efron, MSW, PhD, is director of the anger management clinic at First Things First Counseling in Eau Claire, WI. He is author of many books about anger, including Angry All the Time, Letting Go of Anger, Rage, and The Handbook of Anger Management.