Everyone feels angry sometimes, but many people struggle to express their anger in healthy ways. The Anger Thermometer App teaches people how to identify, understand, and control their feelings and emotions. Using the Anger Thermometer can help people to:
* Identify how they are feeling,
* Understand the signs of becoming angry (i.e., moving ‘up’ the thermometer), and
* Use coping strategies to reduce their anger (i.e., move ‘down’ the thermometer). For example, if a person recognizes that s/he is feeling angry (red level), the person can use a strategy to reduce the anger and move into a calmer mood (green level).
The Anger Thermometer App is ideally suited for teachers, counselors, therapists, clinicians, parents, and others who want to help individuals understand their feelings and learn ways to control their emotions and behavior.
The Anger Thermometer App is unique because it can be used with people who are verbal or non-verbal. In addition, it can be used discretely, and will not draw attention to the person using it. The Anger Thermometer App is portable and can be taken wherever the person goes.
How to use the Anger Thermometer:
The bottom of the Anger Thermometer is green, which represents feeling calm. The middle is yellow and represents the feeling of becoming annoyed. Finally, the top of the Anger Thermometer is red and represents feeling angry. When the green area is pressed, a reinforcing message appears. When the yellow and red areas are pressed, strategies to restore a feeling of calm are provided.
The Anger Thermometer App is versatile and can be used in many ways. One way is to present hypothetical situations that can make a person angry and use the Anger Thermometer as a tool to identify how one would feel in that situation as well as learn the calming strategies that can help. Another way to use the Anger Thermometer is to have individuals use the App to identify their feelings during a real-life situation. Finally, the Anger Thermometer can be used to debrief about a situation after-the-fact and lay the foundation to avoid or manage such situations in the future.
To help people get the most out of the Anger Thermometer App , we have outlined the many ways in which each level can be used. This information is available in the Anger Thermometer App itself, when the ‘information’ icon is selected on each of the corresponding three levels.
Benefits of using the Anger Thermometer App:
The Anger Thermometer App is an effective problem-solving tool that serves to help individuals identify and regulate their feelings. The Anger Thermometer can be used as a preventative tool, a situational tool, or a debriefing tool after-the-fact.
The Anger Thermometer helps people (both verbal and non-verbal) to visually and concretely identify their feelings. It also provides calming strategies that are both simple and effective.
Used consistently and properly, the Anger Thermometer App can have a positive impact on students by preventing or reducing behavior problems and aggression while improving time-on-task behavior and social skills.