About anger management: Does it help to get things off your chest or it is better to remain silent to keep the peace?
Hello everybody. In order to start a short essay about Anger Management, I am willing to gather as much information as possible about this topic.
The first problematic who came to my mind was to know how we can determine if we have too much anger and what is the best way and attitude to manage our anger.
Thanks in advance for your responses !
Anger is a signal that something is wrong. If we control ourselves and speak out assertively instead of being aggressive, that is healthy.
Anger becomes problematic when it is too frequent, lasts too long, is too intense or is destructive or self destructive.
Anger Management guidance with a professional can help almost anyone who wants to learn and is willing to practice.
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WOW this is a loaded question...and so very vague. But, I'm going to give it a shot because I get being inside one's head and attempt to be about as vague as the question but try to put the question in perspective.
Anger is an emotion no different than Love. It takes the exact same kind of energy to be angry as it does to love. Emotions in all forms affect a person's responses. Emotions affect moods. Selective hearing happens, and the deliverer of the message, can be the one the anger is taken out on. Conversely, love works the same way. Thus the old adage, "...love is blind...".
I think it's important to remember that Anger is an emotion. And ironically, all decisions a person makes under the influence of Anger or Love, can be a bad decision because the emotion blocks rational thinking.
The excuse of keeping the peace is a cop out in my book. I believe that everyone has the right to feel anger and feel love. I believe anger can get out of control, no different than love can. I would like to believe that all people use discernment when choosing their battles, but in the heat of the moment, that is not always possible. And those snap decisions can be good or bad. I guess it's always good to remember in the heat of the moment, "...is what I am about ready to say, for the higher good for all people involved?" If the answer is no then you probably need to go work out at the gym, run, or swim, do something different by removing yourself. Does that mean you are keeping the peace? Not really. It means you used discernment and chose a battle, maybe one that lied within your own soul. Maybe you had been there before...maybe you already knew the outcome.
Frankly it really doesn't matter if it is personal or in the work place. I'm a fond believer that we are who we are and even in the best of circumstances, we need to use diplomacy and discernment in all areas of our lives. Sometimes it is ok to show anger in the work place. Sometimes, it's better to wait it out and see what happens and how others handle a matter. No different than it is to announce you are marrying the CEO of the company because you fell in love with that CEO.
That is about as vague as it gets for me. I realize this answer is fairly old when you first posted. I'm a bit behind on my responses. I would like to know the outcome of the information you collected and how you used it.
I suggest first sitting with your anger in contemplation. If the anger is out of proportion with the current situation, is it actually related to an earlier incident? Taking time to allow ourselves to fully experience an emotion gives us the opportunity to gain insight.
Once we have taken that time, we can then decide from a more centered perspective whether it needs to be addressed with the other party. That way, we are responsive to the situation rather than reactive.
Rather than "manage" anger, which is applying a suppressive control mechanism to it, why not travel all the way through it and see where it takes you? If we sit with anger long enough, it will exhaust itself and lead to new realizations.
Hi Adile - great question and many good answers here. Though none yet address the root source - the one that manifests into what you write as 'anger'.
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In truth, NO negative emotion or limiting belief can ever exist, until we Consciously DECIDE that they exist. That means, in this case, the 'anger' only exists in our Conscious 'story' (in our inner, UNconscious core truth, it never did or will or can exist!) That's right.
And that very first decision point (the only one that matters) was early in life, in the womb, or previous (yes, you read that correctly!)
In that first instance (Science calls it a Significant Emotional Event = S.E.E.), we Consciously told our UNconscious to store that unproductive 'version' into memory. And it became, for us, the root of a growing string of related, unproductive memories for the rest of our life! Including the unproductive decision that we must 'choose' between getting it off our chest or keeping the peace. Neither is an acceptable option as both are like boxing shadows, in the dark.
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To your health, wealth and happiness Adile.
In my honest (and somewhat biased) opinion, there's no such thing as 'too much anger'. Its just a feeling, that needs to be directed in a positive manner.
Anger is a natural response to frustration, which makes us physically alert, responsive, and 'ready to go'. the problem is not 'how much of it to have', the problem is 'how to channel it constructively'.
Short answer is 'depends on context'. I have temper issues myself, but professionally it has been a positive for me overall, as i have learned to channel it out by working twice as harder for my goal, every time i'm frustrated. An angry person never quits, so a bit of passive anger/aggression sustained inside can make you go on longer than a person who ends up having an anxiety attack every time someone scolds them at the office.
The best partner for anger is logic. think about the problem statement, figure out a method that can help alleviate it, putting anger aside (don't throw it away yet). Once you have a solution in place, recollect that drive and channel it towards implementing that solution. Anger is for the body, not the mind.
If you do it right, you will end up finishing up before time everyday on your work schedule.
however, when it comes to personal relationships, anger doesn't help much. Best way to handle that is a good workout everyday. My personal favorite - the 40 kg vertical punching bag.
In the long run, you'll always feel better if you express your concerns or disappointment and propose a solution that works for you. If the other person says no, then nothing lost.
Forgiveness cures anger. 100% every single time. I could have made this a lot longer like anger management courses do but it is such a waste of time learning to count to ten or go take a walk. Certainly picking and choosing your battles is a smart option. Of course, good anger management courses are not even called that anymore – they are called communication skills. Now that the anger is completely taken care of with forgiveness the second part of your question is – does talking about anger or processing it internally work better to be able to forgive? That depends on if you are taking more of a masculine or feminine approach. Men “tend” to do better by taking a time out and processing things internally while women “tend” to do better by talking out the problems in a responsible calm (as possible) manner. Venting only helps to a point then to finish it off it takes some good, low key talking.
Managing anger came about as a result of the push back that people have around forgiveness. There is a lot to be said on this but it is the only thing that cures anger. How do we know there is a cure for anger? Because everybody is not mad all the time. They did something. They forgave – get off it, let it go, forget about it – are all versions of forgiveness. Forgiveness is not trust, not setting boundaries, not communication skill, not welcoming them back with open arms. Forgiveness is only forgiveness.
How do we know if we have too much anger? I would imagine that would fall into a risk vs. cost approach. It can be a little different for different people but I see anger resorted to far too often than it is needed. Most of the justifications we have for anger really are not needed anymore in our society. There are far better ways of getting what we want than anger. I recently read an article in Psychology Today stating all the good things anger does for us. Most of them did not seem like a good idea. One was that anger is good because it gets you up and doing things. Isn’t that what enthusiasm and excitement are for? Ask yourself, “Do you want to get angry or just get results?” I am certainly NOT saying a person should never get angry. No way! Just the moment you do and you are coherent again, forgive, and then proceed to do what works to get what you want.
Being angry, give a speech or communicate, you would do a fantastic job for nothing but regrets. You have to learn to practice to avoid being angry at all the times, specifically in the business world and family too. How many times you want to take out from the chest? Anger is a constant human behavior and one must practice to control for health, family and friends and business etc. You must be the master of your mind and temper. Practice and practice and read some good books and develop spiritual feelings. Forget and forgive ends everything. Pradeep Berry
Adile, a great question,
I can tell you from my experience, I used to be a person who simply keep silent, and internalized every thing, This in the end lead to a state of clinical depression.
What I was told by professionals, is this is the most high risk group.
They are the typical type, that keep bottling their anger, pushing it down, and internally end up like a pressure cooker. At some point they will explode.
Typically they are the type, who may be at the check out, and for no reason, snap, or they snap at work, then go to their car, and return with a firearm.
Not in every case, but that is the typical type of person. (there is an old mover called "Falling Down" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106856/?ref_=nv_sr_1
It's well worth looking at.
I know in my case, I had to learn to not push anger down, but to verbalize it at the time, not as an auto response, but as some have already said, some 20 seconds later. To do this I had to learn a completely new vocabulary, and manner of presentation so that It sounded ok and not abusive or antagonistic.
For people who have anger issues, and last out automaticly, often, know when this response is building up. They tense up, sometimes their body language changes, sometimes they find themselves clenching their fists, before they act.
For this type of person, they need to recognize their subconscious reactions, and understand that they are trigger points, for them to change their position.
For the other party, they should be awair of the typical body language and other indicators, so that they also change their position before it escalates.
The problem is for the person who is keeping silent, there is no such body language or indicators, They are a ticking time bomb. waiting to explode.
So hopefully, this helps you in so much it is always better to get things off your chest, then being silent. It just a matter of how you do that.
The context, personality and relationship of the concerned parties makes a difference. If the person is an employee angry at his manager, then we have the angry person in a one-down position. However the relationship with the manager (which can range from none (new manager) to comfortable) or the manager's personality/ level of maturity [ a blamer/ a rationalizer/ easy going, etc] makes a difference. The same applies to the person who is angry- what is their normal reaction when they get angry- do they have the emotional intelligence to recognize what and when is appropriate or are they unable to regulate their emotions? Could they be usually passive, but if this incident is the straw that broke the camel's back, then they could flare up much to their own surprise as well.
I think being able to recognize a) what are my anger triggers? b) recognizing the body signs when its happening c) why am i getting angry? (eg could it be the other person is doing something i would never do to someone else? so is it my beliefs, values, thoughts that are being violated in someway rather than the apparent cause?) d) what can i do to calm myself down so i dont do something i would regret later? would help a person gain some perspective into how to handle that particular situation.
Don't know if that answers your question- but i hope it helps!