Anger is common to all of us. It’s part of what makes us human. Anger is a useful, necessary ingredient in a purposeful life. However, in some of us, anger is dialed up to a high degree. When anger gets too intense, it may lead to constant irritation, feeling misunderstood, frequent arguments and even physical violence.
A long, dramatic vent feels so good in the moment, but has one ever solved your problem? Why experts say these tirades are hurting you, and what to do instead.
Anger is a natural, human emotion. There is nothing destructive about anger. It demands our attention when our health is in danger, when a boundary has been crossed, or when someone takes advantage of us. However, how one behaves when angry may be either destructive or constructive. Being mindful when angry does not mean the anger is ignored, suppressed or denied. Being mindful does not mean that one behaves in destructive ways. Rather, being mindful when angry means a) recognizing the anger, b) labeling it, and c) choosing the best action to take.
This is a guest post by Robbie Richards. In the United States, 1 in 5 teens are documented as having serious anger management issues. Anger is a powerful human emotion that can be triggered by a number of internal and external factors, including – social confusion, hormones, oppositional defiance, peer pressure, school stress and hunger. […]