Anger is a natural emotion, but is very often difficult to handle. Some people think that they “shouldn’t” get angry and feel guilty when they do. Others feel entitled to lash out with no regard for others or the consequences of their behavior. Fewer are able to express anger in a healthy and effective manner which does no harm to self or others.
There are some that are not even aware that they are angry. Either they have been angry so long that they don’t recognize it or they are out of touch with their feelings.
It is reasonable to assume that we are all angry to some extent because of the dismal condition of our country. Prices have become so high that many of us have to struggle every day just to survive.
It is important to become aware of our anger either through therapy or a anger management class. If we don’t express it in a healthy way, we will often turn it against ourselves.
Not So Healthy Things to Do with Your Anger:
• over eat / binge / bulimia / anorexia
• compulsive exercise or pushing your body to fatigue
• drinking and drugging
• cutting or self-mutilation
• sexual escape
• withdrawal into silence or silent treatment of others
• calm on the outside, steaming inside
• ignore or deny the problem (anger will stay and grow larger)
• avoid confrontation
• abusive lashing out at others with angry or hateful words
• physical aggression, throwing things at another person
• internalize anger and frustration
• dwell on intrusive negative thoughts
• hypercritical self-thoughts