[quote=dizzy_dave]Doe anybody have any suggestions as to How I can change this terrible temper of mine? Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Assuming that there is not a family “gene” for your anger, then your anger is a learned behavior. Hence, you can unlearn your “anger” behavior. My observation is that angry people almost always graduate from angry families–I certainly did. But, I also made a consious decision to change the mold, but it still can flare up. Actually, now that I am thinking about it, alot of my courage and spunk to stand up for what is right is fueled by my anger energy rechanneled in a constructive manner. Most people who know me nowadays would never suspect that I had a bad temper in the past.
I believe that 1) learning to recognize your anger energy and thoughts, and 2) making it a daily, everyday goal to not give your anger destructive expresion/release, and 3) finding socially acceptable ways to express yourself/discharge anger feelings, and 4) allowing the Holy Spirit to show you any underlying hurts/attitudes that need to be healed/modified.
I have found this book [/font]The Anger Workbook (Minirth-Meier Clinic Series)[font=Comic Sans MS] – by Les Carter, Frank Minirth useful for me to develop strategies to get a better handle on my own anger.