Myths and Facts About Anger

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2004-03-29 13:50

Learn about the myths and facts about anger and understand this most common emmotion that people have. Not all anger is unhealthy or destructive and not all angry people yell or scream.

Learn about the myths and facts about anger and understand this most common emmotion that people have. Not all anger is unhealthy or destructive and not all angry people yell or scream.

Although anger is one of the most common emotions that people have, it is the least understood. These phrases are probably familiar to you:

"If someone hits you, hit 'em back."
"Turn the other cheek."
"Don't get angry; get even."

Have you noticed how they contradict each other? That's because anger is a very complex emotion. Attempts to simplify it result in the following MISPERCEPTIONS:

  • That all anger is unhealthy or destructive
  • That anger is an all-or-nothing phenomenon
  • If you don't let your anger out, it builds up and explodes out
  • That angry people yell and scream a lot
  • That anger management means keeping your mouth shut

Here are the facts:

1. Not All Anger is Unhealthy or Destructive

Sometimes anger is definitely justified. For example, if you have been betrayed by a friend, or if you have been physically attacked by someone, or if there is a major social injustice -- these are all times where anger is appropriate. Biologically speaking, anger gets your adrenalin going, and spurs you into action.

Source: 
Pauline Wallin, Ph.D

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