Many people with Cluster B disorders and C-PTSD suffer from periodic, uncontrollable rages. My son isn’t Cluster B, but when he was a young teenager, he had anger issues due to his father’s and my divorce (among other things) and successfully channeled that anger through his involvement in Kung Fu classes. Not only did the classes help him channel his anger, they also taught him how to be mindful and greatly boosted his self-confidence. As his confidence grew, he was less prone to sudden rages.
Many kids these days take Taekwondo classes. Kids who have been bullied really benefit because learning these skills makes them feel less defenseless and more confident. But they aren’t just for kids. Adults with anger problems can benefit from such classes too.
Contrary to what many people think, the martial arts don’t teach violence. These disciplines aren’t just for self-defense. The philosophy behind them is that mindfulness is a must to defend yourself successfully–and that fighting back without justifiable cause will always make things worse. They also teach their students respect for others and demand deference to the instructor.
So, for Cluster B people in particular, the martial arts provide four things that people with these disorders need so badly:
–learning to be more mindful
–learning to respect others
–channeling anger appropriately
–boosting real self confidence
Here’s a good article I found about how martial arts can be used to help people control angry outbursts and learn to be more mindful.