Defusing Anger

Defusing Anger


This teaching resource provides activities to explore defusing skills with young people. It includes: attitudes to conflict and how factors, such as anger, can escalate a situation; how emotion affects the ability to communicate; and highlights behaviours which can defuse conflict.
SKU: DefAnger.

Young people regularly face conflict and many have difficulty managing their emotions, which can lead to situations escalating. Simple situations such as misunderstandings or wanting different things can escalate to become confrontational, destructive or violent. Factors such as attitude, values and perspective can influence how individuals respond to conflict.

An inability to communicate in conflict may lead to poor decisions, which may lead to poor outcomes. For example violence, crime or being coerced into doing things they do not want to. Young people who can manage anger and communicate effectively in conflict will better manage the influences on them. They are more likely to be able to talk themselves out of trouble, rather than making things worse.

This single session provides three activities to help explore defusing skills with young people:

  • Activity One – Attitudes to Anger looks at attitudes to conflict and how factors, particularly anger, can escalate a situation.
  • Activity Two – Signs of Anger explores how emotions affect the ability to communicate effectively and how anger can be managed and reduced.
  • Activity Three – Defusing Anger asks students to explore conflict situations creatively and provides highlight the behaviours which can escalate conflict and which can defuse it.

What you get

  • A Teaching Resource with 3 activities.
  • A slideshow of photos.