Law Practice Management

Consultant's Tips Helped 'Rageaholic' Doctors, Prisons and 'Anger Management' Actors

A longtime anger management consultant has helped corporations, prisons and a growing number of doctors deal with their “rageaholic” issues.

George Anderson of Los Angeles-based Anderson & Anderson even served as an adviser to the Anger Management movie starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson, Bloomberg reports.

Now hospitals are increasingly coming to him for assistance. Stressed-out doctors working brutal hours and worrying about bad outcomes need help controlling problem behavior such as abusive language, condescension toward others and shouting, the article notes.

If that sounds familiar, some of his tips could be useful in a law firm setting, too, although some of the worst behavior among the medical profession—throwing scalpels at staff—presumably is a rarity in the legal world.

Anderson’s standard coping mechanisms include teaching angry individuals a deep-breathing technique in which they think to themselves “peace” each time they inhale and “release” each time they exhale,” Bloomberg reports.

Other techniques involve lying down and imagining oneself in a quiet setting, such as a sunny beach, and replacing angry thoughts (That jerk!) with more positive ones. (We’ll laugh about this someday.)

We welcome your comments, but please adhere to our comment policy and the ABA Code of Conduct.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.