He worked to Defuse his anger

Freda Savahl
3 min readApr 15, 2022

to save his love life.

Photo by Külli Kittus on Unsplash

Two years ago, Sophie separated from her husband Dennis because she was afraid of his outbursts of anger.

I had not seen or heard from them since they moved.

So it was a lovely surprise to get an unexpected visit from Dennis this morning!

Somewhat anxious & cautious, I invited him in. He immediately reassured me that he was a changed man, stating he had undergone counseling & psychotherapy for the past two years. He is confident that the treatment was successful.

Furthermore, he & Sophie have reconciled.

“Pray, tell me, Dennis, how did your problem get resolved — what kind of treatment did you undergo?” I asked.

“I had to do a lot of soul-searching about my early childhood experiences. The therapist said anger may mask other painful feelings from early adverse experiences & trauma.”

“I had many days of counseling. It brought me to recognize the pain I had caused Sophie. But what helped most was the daily relaxation practice, & meditation the therapist taught.”

“When I feel the surge of anger, I sit down in a relaxing recliner. The therapist says the brain interprets a sitting position as safe & relaxing, thus interrupting the flow of anger-enhancing



Freda Savahl

Retired Nurse Practitioner WHC /Contract Provider Deployment Military Services. US Citizen. Immigrant from South Africa 1978.