Can the Mayo Clinic Teach Trump Anger Management and Create a New Industry?

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President Trump gets angry at many people and reportedly has a foul temper. His most recent target was the head of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen. He does not think she has done enough to prevent illegal immigration. Anger management might help Trump’s disposition and the frame of mind of those around them. The Mayo Clinic advises those who are plagued by the problem, and its expertise could open the door for an entirely new industry.

The Mayo Clinic lays out its case on the matter in simple language:

Anger management is the process of learning to recognize signs that you’re becoming angry, and taking action to calm down and deal with the situation in a productive way. Anger management doesn’t try to keep you from feeling anger or encourage you to hold it in. Anger is a normal, healthy emotion when you know how to express it appropriately — anger management is about learning how to do this.

The “learning” part often means that the troubled person should seek professional help. A cottage industry for treating the problem has driven book sales, websites and visits to therapists, some of which are at the Mayo Clinic. Therefore, anger management is handled piecemeal today and not served by any large companies or nonprofit organizations, the goals of which are to treat millions of people. It is an entrepreneurs’ paradise.

Researchers put the number of Americans who have impulsive angry behavior at 9% to 10% of the population, or about 25 million people. That figure is approximately the same as the population of Texas. All by himself, Trump has cast a light on the problem and helped expose how widespread it is.

A larger anger management industry could grow out of current initiatives. If so, it would mean some books on the problem would need to become best sellers. Websites about the problem would have to see a huge ballooning in traffic. The number of psychologists and psychiatrists who specialize in nothing but the problem would need to blossom. The Mayo Clinic already provides a roadmap to diagnosis and treatment and could sharply expand its own treatment efforts.

If Trump can get help, it would be something like famous politicians or celebrities who publicly reveal that they have drug or alcohol problems and then go for treatment. All by himself, he could launch new awareness and a new industry.

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