Introduction

The world  we live in abounds with anger. It exists on our streets, in our homes, on the internet and is pervasive throughout society. Anger has negative consequences both for our physical and mental well being.

We only need to watch our television and/or read our newspapers to hear horrible stories of the elderly being preyed upon because of their vulnerability, of domestic violence in the home between a husband and a wife and/or of confidential information being leaked over the internet in order to embarrass and/or harm someone.

Why is it that if you look at a stranger directly in the eyes, it can sometimes spark a fight of even worse lead to injury or death?

Is it that people around the globe are under more stress compared to prior periods of time?

Why are more and more students going into their schools and shooting their fellow teachers and/or students?

Why are we seeing more examples of disgruntled workers going back to their former place of employment and shooting their former employer and/or co-workers?

The reason many of these acts of violence are happening more frequently is the result of anger.

Anger can be expressed in many different ways and if left unchecked it can have devastating consequences to our personal development.

The purpose of this blog is to make our reader better understand some of the causes of anger and tips on how to control it.

Definition of Anger

Webster’s Dictionary defines anger as ” a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism.”

Causes of Anger

There are many reasons why anger is so prevalent in our society including:

  • Technology – technology is increasingly taking jobs away from people and making them feel more obsolete and alienated. Technological advances are taking place faster than our capacity to adapt, creating greater anxiety and depression.
  • Economy – an economy where many people have lost jobs for extended periods of time, with increasing pressure within corporations and work environments. Millions of people are living paycheck to paycheck.
  • Erosion of the Family Unit – the family unit as it once existed has eroded. People are less apt to share time and experiences with family due to other pursuits and lifestyles.
  • Lack of Self – Fulfillment – increasingly it is difficult to achieve one’s lifetime goals.  This often results in internalizing emotions and comes out as anger. Sometimes, people get angry because others have what they want.

5 Tips on How to Manage Anger

Given the above, it is difficult not to be angry. However, there are some ways we can reduce it to more manageable levels – following are some suggestions:

  • Deep Breathing – just before a tense situation, breathe deeply and count to 15.This period of time will allow you to slow down and reduce your anger. Exercises  such as meditation and yoga are excellent in this regard.
  • Physical Exercise – channeling anger through a good cardiovascular workout such as brisk walking and/or running releases endorphins that can leave you feeling more relaxed and in a better frame of mind, i.e. reduces your anger.
  • Journaling -write down what makes you angry and ways that you can mitigate your anger.
  • Reach out for Support – talk to someone you trust – sharing your feelings with a good friend can sometimes be very helpful.
  • Seek Professional Help -if necessary seek the help of a competent professional.  A competent professional can also provide you with insights of why you get angry and provide solutions to resolving your anger.

Summation

Anger is more prevalent in our world than ever before.

If left unchecked anger can have devastating consequences to our personal development.

To lead  a more productive and fulfilling life, try utilizing the 5 Tips on How to Manage Anger mentioned above.

About the author: Bob

Bob is a businessman, athlete, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people progress personally through better self-awareness.

2 Comments

  1. Fantastic
    Love your writing style, your topics are outstanding. Your passion for helping others is tangible
    I learn something about myself with each blog you write
    Thank you

  2. Found several articles on here I like and need at this time in my life. Some for my sake and some for my daughters sake. She has a few mental disabilities and I always look for ways to help her.

    All of your tips are great tips to manage anger!!

    Check my post out on negativity. I think it’s a sub-factor to anger.

    http://3glol.net/2014/01/12/8-ways-rid-negativity-life/

    Thanks for sharing! I will be checking back in!!
    Take care!

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