Kurt Busch Domestic Violence Incident is Latest in His History of Poor Anger Management Skills
An alleged domestic violence incident got Kurt Busch suspended from NASCAR, and it's just one more in a series of incidents that show a pattern of anger management problems. According to Fox Sports, Busch's past problems include a 2012 suspension for verbally attacking a reporter who asked a question about a racing incident, and a fine and probation for running into a fellow driver's car earlier that year. In 2011, Penske Racing released him after he went into a tirade and spewed obscene language after the last NASCAR Sprint Cup. In the latest incident, Busch reportedly strangled his ex-girlfriend and smashed her head into a wall.
Busch is Part of a Big Statistic
Not all anger management and domestic violence cases are as high-profile as the Busch case, but the National Domestic Violence Hotline says that 12 million women and men are victims each year. While most acts are committed against women, one in seven adult men are also abused by an intimate partner.
Severe anger management problems require professional treatment, including counseling and group therapy. However, there are several steps you can take to manage anger on your own and keep your problem from escalating to the point of the Busch NASCAR situation. According to this WebPsychology article, they include recognizing the warning signs that you're about to blow and taking a time-out before it happens. When the anger builds, try to control it with deep breathing. If that doesn't work, walk away from the situation until you calm down.
You can also use reverse psychology on yourself, willfully acting in a way that's the opposite of your typical actions. Instead of shouting and battering the other person verbally, speak softly and calmly, saying supportive things. Prepare in advance for anger-inducing situations and have a plan to handle them in a healthy way.
If you think you might have anger management issues, take this screening test on WebPsychology. If you're a domestic violence victim and need help, call the national hotline at 800-799-7233.