“Anger can destroy marriages, business partnerships and countries,” said Joe Shrand, M.D., an instructor at Harvard Medical School and co-author of the valuable, practical and science-based book Outsmarting Anger: 7 Strategies for Defusing Our Most Dangerous Emotion with Leigh Devine, MS.
Fortunately, each of us holds the power to defuse our own anger and even others,’ Dr. Shrand said. This is especially critical because often it’s not our own fuse that hinders our success; it’s someone else’s, he said.
The key in cooling anger lies in respect. As Dr. Shrand said, when was the last time you got angry with someone who showed you respect?
“Anger is designed to change the behavior of someone else. Being respected feels great, so why would we want to change that?”