Anger Iceberg Worksheet
When people are angry, they are not only angry. Their anger is a reaction to a trigger. A trigger occurs in a person’s environment, but it is fueled by much more.
Feelings, thoughts, insecurities, fears and memories all contribute to a person’s anger. It is important for a client to understand this fact. Clients rarely understand the true source of their anger, but if they can learn how to trace their anger to the source, they can learn how to make their anger feel less intense.
A great way to help a client understand this concept is by using the visual aid of an Anger Iceberg.
About This Worksheet
This is the Anger Iceberg worksheet. This worksheet provides a visual aid to help people understand their own anger. On this worksheet, a client is asked to identify the key factors of their anger, according to the layers of the iceberg.
This worksheet serves as a visual aid to understanding anger. It helps a client understand the parts of their life and personality that are causing them to feel so much anger. This worksheet is great for adolescents and adults. It can be useful in both individual and group settings.
This worksheet is a blank canvas for your clients. Begin by explaining the concept of the Anger Iceberg. Explain that what you see above the surface of the iceberg represents what you see on the surface when mad- in your environment and the people around you.
Be sure to also explain what lies below the iceberg: the feelings that are fueling the anger, and the memories and life experiences that are being activated by the trigger that is causing the anger on the surface.
When you are confident your client understands the concept of the Anger Iceberg, instruct them to complete the exercise by following the instructions provided. When the client has completed the worksheet, reflect on the results with them to develop a deeper understanding of their anger. Provide a copy of the completed worksheet to the client for reference.