Adults Can and Do Have Tantrums

When we hear the word tantrum, we picture a 2-year-old lying on the floor kicking and screaming. Very rarely do we use it to describe an adult having an outburst. In reality, adults can have this kind of outburst at any moment in time. We don’t typically refer to an adult as having a tantrum. We refer to them as being angry or “just blowing off some steam.” However, when their behavior becomes cyclical, predictive, or problematic the impact of their behavior should be assessed and addressed. Tantrums typically follow an action made by another person that results in the recipient feeling angry, disappointed or discouraged. Behaviorists consider actions that include angry outbursts, aggression, and rage as maladaptive. With maturity, adults typically move in a direction of developing socially appropriate methods to express anger. Adults are encouraged to verbally express how they feel, instead of acting out in a manner that is hurtful or disruptive to others. As we age, we must begin to realize that people aren’t always going to say what we want them to say. People aren’t always going to do what we want them to do. We also need to learn that we will never have complete control over other people’s actions. A mature adult should strive to have control over their emotions to help them maintain healthy relationships with the people they come in contact with on a daily basis. Living or working with an adult who has frequent tantrums can be very...
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