Anger is often caused by deeper hidden or vulnerable emotions such as sadness or fear. Anger is a tyrant that has a way of overruling all your other feelings. Anger can work as a defence mechanism (maybe not even consciously) to blot out the other more painful emotions – the ones that you’re really feeling. There are three types of anger which help shape how we react in a situation – Passive Aggression, Open Aggression, and Assertive Anger. The goal of anger management is to get on top of your emotions and the physiological arousal that anger causes. This means not just controlling your outward behaviour, but also controlling your internal responses, taking steps to lower your heart rate, calm yourself down, and let the initial anger feelings subside.