In Episode #8 of WCVL Civility Speaks Out, co-hosts Andrea Weckerle and Sue Jacques interview Mike Fisher, the founder and director of the British Association of Anger Management (BAAM), an organization with ten clinics across United Kingdom that offers support, programs and training for individuals, companies and government bodies needing help with anger management issues. For the past 15 years, Mike has been holding anger management workshops in the UK, Ireland, South Africa and the United States. Mike is also the author of Beating Anger: The eight-point plan for coping with rage and the upcoming Mindfulness and the Art of Managing Anger.
In this interview, Mike talks about the deep-rooted confusion between healthy and unhealthy anger, the role toxic shame plays in the manifestation of anger, why some people are anger “imploders” and others are “exploders,” gender differences in how anger is expressed, the importance of having healthy anger modeled, why people with anger management issues often deny they have a problem, and what individuals who live with reageaholics need to do to protect themselves.
You can listen to the entire interview here.
Past Episodes of WCVL:
• In Episode #1, Andrea Weckerle and The Civility CEO Sue Jacques talk about why they’ve dedicated their careers to the subject of stemming hostility and promoting civility, what their definition of civility is, and why we see so many examples of questionable behavior online.
• In Episode #2, Tom Grogan and Walter “Scotty” Scott of the Oshkoh Civility Project in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA share what they’ve done in their local community to promote civility in media, business and everyday life.
• In Episode #3, David Yamada, law professor and founding Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, talks about institutional and workplace bullying, as well as some of the legislative efforts he believes need to occur to protect employees from workplace harm.
• In Episode #4, Sam Horn, author of the best-selling book Tongue Fu! as well as POP!, ConZentrate and What’s Holding You Back? talks about how to resolve arguments, how to avoid rude people from ruining you day, and how to keep your emotions under control.
• In Episode #5, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and co-founder of Wikia.com, talks about why civility is important to him and what concrete steps we can take to create a more civil social environment.
• In Episode #6, Nate St. Pierre, founder of ItStartsWith.Us, Love Bomb, and Love Drop, talks about his philosophy that small ideas really can change the world, and how civility is both a mindset and a process that each of us can model every single day.
• In Episode #7, Christine Porath, Ph.D. Christine, a Professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and co-author of co-author of the book The Cost of Bad Behavior—How Incivility Damages Your Business And What You Can Do about It, talks about her extensive research which reveals that creating a more positive work environment where both institutions and individuals can thrive is actually good for business and the bottom line.