Brendon Goddard wants to tone down his fiery mood with teammates during AFL matches, saying it doesn't help.
The veteran Essendon defender became the focus of attention after several on-field incidents during their poor Anzac Day loss to Collingwood.
Commentators ripped into Goddard for angry confrontations with David Zaharakis and Joe Daniher, who clearly were unhappy with him as well.
Zaharakis, Daniher and coach John Worsfold later defended Goddard and on Thursday, he called it media hysteria.
But in an extended radio interview, Goddard also acknowledged it doesn't help anyone when he becomes so angry.
"That's where I tend to go when, in my own head, things get a bit muddled and I feel like we're going away from what we value," Goddard told RSN.
"I wouldn't say I felt like it's worked in the past - that's why I've asked for help and continue to ask for help from my teammates and coaches.
"It's 'when I go there, pull me back', to look me in the eye and say 'calm down, calm down' and generally most of the time, the message will get across.
"I admit, at times like that, the message will just get lost because of my delivery."
Goddard thanked Worsfold for his public support, but added it was unnecessary because everyone knows where they stand at the club.
"He was only defending - I don't like to use that word - defending myself in a press conference," Goddard said.
"But I know I have the support of him and the players and that's why I say and I've said it before, that's all that matters.
"We know where one-another stand, particularly on this issue with myself, and so they're well aware of my tendencies."
Goddard is doubly-frustrated - at his on-field behaviour being a major talking point, and Essendon's woefully-inconsistent form.
"A performance like that, there are probably more important things to talk about," he said.
"So I don't understand the hysteria around it.
"But I take responsibility for that and I've set at different times, I let things boil over.
"I need to control it, it's something I'm working on."
Essendon next play Melbourne on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.
"It's clear we're not a good team - that's what is clear, because we don't have that consistency," he said.
"It's testing everyone's patience, because the nucleus is there.
"We feel like we should be better, but we know we're not ... I don't think we're a bottom-eight team."