How to Survive Prison: Changing the Way We Think
Managing Your Anger
Your lawyer is working too slowly on your appeal.
Your spouse or friends because your commissary money didn't arrive.
Someone joined a friend in the chow line by cutting in front of you.
The person in front of you bought the last of your favorite candy at the canteen.
You got turned down by the parole board—again.
Prison is the perfect environment to breed anger. There are more frustrations than solutions. And when our anger flares up, we often act in ways that are irrational and destructive. And in our anger, we can get ourselves in even more trouble behind bars.
The following tips and more can be found in the resource the Prison Survival Guide.
CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK
But we can manage our anger. If thinking can get us into trouble, changing our way of thinking can help us get out of it.
Consider these seven ways changing the way we think can save us from our anger:
- Wait before you act
- Look at all the evidence
- Consider other explanations
- Start thinking in terms of desires rather than demands
- Focus on problem solving
- Put your worth in something greater than people's respect
- Be willing to forgive
In the Prison Survival Guide, Prison Fellowship goes over the different ways irrational thinking can have a negative impact on our relationships. We also dive deeper into just how we can change the way we think and why that's an important part of surviving prison.
Want to learn more? Download and read our unique guide for prisoners!