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LifeSkills Overview


People who find themselves getting angry several times a day, especially at little things...

  • Are more likely to develop high blood pressure or coronary heart disease by age 50;
  • Are more likely to die from any cause by age 50;
  • Are more likely to become depressed;
  • Are less likely to have satisfying relationships with other people;
  • Are more likely to suffer an injury on the job that causes them to miss time at work;
  • Are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, a serious disturbance of the heart rhythm;
  • Have larger blood pressure and adrenalin surges when angry.

All of these psychological, social and medical consequences of chronic anger have been documented in research published in top medical journals over the past 20 years.


The good news is that it is possible to learn how to manage anger better, thereby reducing the harm that chronic anger causes. Learn more about tools you can use to improve your anger management skills.

If you already know that you have a problem with too much anger and want to take action right now to start doing something constructive about it, you may purchase WLS products that will teach you better ways of handling anger. Our products include videos, , and workshops.

Self Test

Self Test

Is your anger putting you at risk for the sorts of problems described above? Take a test that will help you gauge your anger-proneness and your ability to manage anger.

LifeSkills Training - What is It?

Research published in medical journals and presented at meetings of the American Heart Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the International Society of Behavioral Medicine has documented benefits from Williams LifeSkills anger management training in both healthy people and those suffering from heart disease:

  • Reduced levels of hostility and anger that are maintained over follow-up periods ranging from two to six months
  • Reduced blood pressure two to three months following the end of training
  • Smaller blood pressure and heart rates surges when angered
  • Increased satisfaction with one's social supports
  • Reduced levels of depression and anxiety

Evidence LifeSkills Training Improves Coping and Health

  • In randomized clinical trials, heart patients receiving LifeSkills training enjoyed subsequent better health than those patients in the control group.

LifeSkills-Based Hostility Control Training in CHD Patients:  Effect on Hostile Behavior LifeSkills-Based Hostility Control Training in CHD Patients:  Effect on Diastolic Blood Pressure
LifeSkills-Based Hostility Control Training in Post-MI Patients:  Hospitilization Over Next 6 Mos.

  • The following slides of a study done by George Bishop. These were patients in Singapore who had coronary bypass surgery. Half were randomly assigned to a control group, the other half to a Williams LifeSkills workshop. You can see their scores were similar before treatment, but different right after treatment and still different - sometimes with additional improvement - at their three-month follow-up.

Resting SBP Resting DBP
Resting Heart Rate Systolic Reactivity
Heart Rate Reactivity Perceived Stress
Trait Anger Depression
Satisfaction with Life