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Anger

Anger is a strong emotion triggered by a gap between one’s expectations and the reality of one’s circumstances. Unlike mere frustration, there is usually an element of perceived unfairness, or an unwillingness to accept the circumstances as reasonable or right. Because most of us experience physiological effects of anger—such as an increased heart rate or surge of adrenaline—it suddenly becomes easier to behave in ways we normally wouldn’t, such as raising our voices, slamming doors, or provoking others into a confrontation. Because of this tendency, anger is often labeled as a “bad” or “negative” emotion, but the truth is, emotions are neither good nor bad—they’re just feelings, and trying to deny or suppress any feeling is harmful to our well-being. When handled intentionally, anger can be a source of positive energy and a force for constructive action and change.

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Dealing with Anger, Resistance and Pessimism

Eckhart Tolle discusses the decisive shift from identifying with a feeling and simply observing it in your energy field.

Perfecting Patience: Buddhist Techniques to Overcome Anger

In the days of extremism and severely divisive belief systems, learning patience and compassion practices (from the modern master of patience and compassion) is more valuable than ever. All of the world’s major religions emphasize the importance of love, compassion, and tolerance.

The Secret to Stoking a Friendly Fire

We’re often told anger is the enemy, but by forming an alliance with the feeling we can better understand ourselves and navigate the world.

Anger is inevitable when our lives consist of giving in and going along; when we assume responsibility for other people’s feelings and reactions; when we relinquish our primary responsibility to proceed with our own growth and ensure the quality of our own lives; when we behave as if having a rela...

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Fred Luskin: Constructive Anger

Fred Luskin explains how anger and other emotions can, in particular forms, have benifit in our lives.

Healing the Angry Brain: How Understanding the Way Your Brain Works Can Help You Control and Anger and Aggression

Written by anger management expert Ronald Potter-Efron, Healing the Angry Brain can help you short-circuit the anger cycle and learn to calmly handle even the most stressful interactions.

8 Strategies to Work Through Anger and Resentment

Even when justified, these challenging emotions can adversely affect us.

Anger is a tool for change when it challenges us to become more of an expert on the self and less of an expert on others.

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Anger and Good Boundaries

Your healthy anger should arise when your sense of self and your idea of how things should be (your boundaries) are challenged or broken. What you do next, and how you re-set your boundaries, determines the outcome for you and for your relationships. Healthy anger can change your life!

Understanding Anger: How Psychologists Help with Anger Problems

Psychologists can help people recognize and avoid the triggers that make them angry. They can also provide ways to help people manage the inevitable anger that sometimes flares without warning.

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