Anger can be expressed in a multitude of ways. If we attempt to hide it, it can fester leading to resentment. If we ignore it, it can use food, shopping and other addictions to get our attention. If we focus all our energy on it, it can seep out, toxic and destructive, hurting everyone it touches. But if we simply listen to it, quietly, non-judgmentally, we may learn something.
Anger is an emotion that we’re often afraid of. As a kid, you’re taught to “play nice,”or to keep quiet when you’re upset. Sometimes the things adults don’t say in response to our negative emotions have the greatest impact of all. Maybe the adults in your life were fearful of their own anger and so you didn’t learn how to healthily express your own.
The bright side is that we can always make different choices. You could seek help from a professional, support from a friend and/or use the top posts below to start to become aware of how anger works or doesn’t work in your life. What will you choose to make better choices and live free of being afraid of your emotions?
(The Therapist Within) – If you’re working on your anger, this is a great place to start. Get your pen and paper ready to answer insightful questions about the role anger plays in your life. Answer honestly and you may be surprised by what you uncover.
(ADHD from A to Zoë) – Life is unpredictable. Add ADHD and it can get a lot more complicated. But as the case with any challenge, Zoë discovers and you ADHDers might agree, there is always a silver lining especially if you’re determined and know where to find it.
(Neuroscience & Relationships) – All emotions have a purpose. Sometimes we just need to dig deep to reveal it. When anger comes from our children, however, it can feel uncomfortable even threatening. The goal here is not to shy away from it, but use it as an opportunity to heal our relationships with our children and in doing so, heal ourselves. Lots of great tips for parents here!
(Family Mental Health) – Try as you might, you just can’t help a loved one with depression. The truth is there are a lot of reasons why they can’t be helped. Here are a few that might explain why they’re still depressed.
30 Habits & Beliefs That Hurt Your Body Image
(Weightless) – You just want to lose a few pounds, have thinner thighs, fit into that dress so you check the scale consistently, take exercise classes you abhor and exercise when you’re not feeling your best. You might not have an eating disorder, but you could be doing a disservice to yourself and your body image.
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Uyemura, B. (2011). Best of Our Blogs: September 27, 2011. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 8, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/09/27/best-of-our-blogs-september-27-2011/