What is the theory behind this Blank Anger Iceberg Worksheet?
The Anger Iceberg visual explains how anger is just the tip of an iceberg and actual emotions and reasons behind it are what’s hidden deep under the surface. The expression of anger is therefore never just anger but a result of multiple emotions inside. Hence instead of treating the outward expression clients can help manage their anger by delving deep into the reasons behind that anger and addressing that instead
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet will provide a blank ‘Anger Iceberg’ visual that clients can use to write down the reasons or emotions behind their overt expressions of anger. This activity not only helps to understand one’s own anger but also increases empathy when one considers how other people may also be dealing with a lot on the inside.
How to use the worksheet?
Think of one specific event that has made you angry recently. Reflect on your thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with that anger episode. In the space below write down the actual emotional reasons that could be behind that anger.
Blank Anger Iceberg Worksheet
Think back to a recent anger episode. Reflect on the hidden emotional reasons that could have been behind that anger expression.
The Gottman Institute (2016). The Anger Iceberg. Retrieved 14 December 2022 from https://www.gottman.com/blog/the-anger-iceberg/
You can download this worksheet here.