Anger Diary (Archived Version)
Self monitoring of thoughts, feelings and symptoms is an essential skill for clients engaged in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The Anger Diary is a CBT worksheet for recording the causes and consequences of episodes of anger.
NOTE: An improved version of this resource is available here: Anger – Self-Monitoring Record.
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The Anger Diary is a CBT-style diary to record the causes and consequences of episodes of anger. Clients are encouraged to record triggers, emotions, body sensations, thoughts, behaviors, and consequences.
Clients can be taught to use the anger diary to capture a wide range of cognition and behavior around an anger event. Clients should be advised to focus on specific events.
- Deffenbacher, J. L. (2011). Cognitive-behavioral conceptualization and treatment of anger. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 18(2), 212-221.