discovery and insights
Anger is a responsive emotion that acts as an umbrella for other emotions to reside under it.
There is a commonly known journey of anger to violence, being:
- Anger - defined as an emotion of antagonism towards someone you feel has done you wrong. If left unchecked, this can lead to aggression.
- Aggression - defined as a behaviour aimed at harming a person, animal or damaging physical property. If left unchecked, can lead to violence.
- Violence - defined as extreme physical aggression intended to cause serious harm.
It is important to note that anger is not the start of this journey. There is unresolved trauma and emotions residing in oneself that lead to anger as a response. This is why when performing an aggressive act, one feels a meditative state of calm.
Boys and men comparatively find it hard to express vulnerability verbally.
Men and boys most often rely on non-verbal expression of vulnerability, often finding it hard communicate. Ironically, existing support services available for men to access predominantly rely on verbal communication. This creates fundamental barriers in a man's journey to access help. These existing services also require men to be aware and proactively take action to reach the services.
Hence, there is a need for a non-verbal intervention that is embedded in their familiar environment to bridge this gap.
Untreated emotional tension and trauma is stored in the body, leaving a real physical imprint.
This negatively affects one's memory storage process and changes the brain's structure. The body plays an important role in how we process emotions, which is why movement has the potential to aid non-verbal expression of emotions in one's healing journey.
Football is a door to engage young men in intentional movement to regulate emotions.
1.5 million boys play organised youth football in England at one time. Taking into consideration the popularity of the sport and the scale of impact, football proves to be an effective catalyst for positive behaviour change in young men when used effectively.