Dealing with Anger

You know the feeling. It's that rage you get when someone cuts you off on the highway; you just want to floor it and flip the bird. Anger is a corrosive emotion that can run off with your mental and physical health. So do you hold it in? Or do you let it all out? Anger doesn't dissipate just because you unleash it. Some insight into why we have it and how it works can help you better manage this raw emotion.

Recent posts on Anger

Aggression and Fear Can Be Reduced in Specific Dog Breeds

New data provides a possible alternative to breed-specific legislation to control aggression and fearfulness in dogs.

When People (Appear to) Have No Feelings

By Nick Luxmoore on June 21, 2017 in Young People Up Close
Therapists listen all the time for anger and despair, for sadness and hatred. But when a young person appears to be feeling nothing? To be entirely empty of feelings? What then?
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Is Your Partner Passive-aggressive?

Passive-aggressive try to block whatever it is you want. You feel their unspoken anger. Learn the signs and what you can do.

Getting Over a Grudge: The Case of Taylor and Katy

By Jane Greer Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Shrink Wrap
Wrong or right, does it matter?

My Relationship Ended. Now What?

None of us are taught how to grieve "right." After a breakup, it's important to give grief its due so we can heal, move on, and open up to love again.

Why Is There So Much Violence Today?

How can we get beyond this wave of violence? A new perspective can make all the difference.

Understanding Anger

Anger is often denied or suppressed but communication of anger can be productive and avoid development of destructive hostility, constant anxiety, and violence..

How to Effectively Respond to an Angry Teen

It is easy for parents of teens to forget that their once little children are now closer in transition to adulthood compared to years past.

Pain, Suffering, Basic Humanity

As a life-saving alarm system, pain keeps us focused on distress, for the purpose of relieving it, that is, pain motivates behavior that will help heal, repair, or improve.

The Three Types of Complaining

There are three types of complainers. Which are you?

The Roots of a Racist Myth

When a white fan threw peanuts at a Black player in Fenway Park, he was drawing on years of dismal history

No Syrup, Just Butter

A Father's Day story about abandonment and healing.

Why That Person Who Hurt You Will Never Apologize

Here's why the person who hurt and betrayed you won't get it and feels no remorse.

Do You Have Toxic Anger Issues and Not Know It?

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on June 11, 2017 in Living Forward
People with problems managing their anger are often the last to know how damaging their anger can be to those around them. Learn how to increase your awareness and self-control.

Two Very Different Ways to 'Man Up' in American Politics

By Ryan P. Brown Ph.D. on June 10, 2017 in Honor Bound
How a concern with honor nearly derailed a candidate for Congress and empowered a Southern mayor.

Three Ways to Break Free of Your Past Relationship Baggage

Your past negative experiences may be getting in the way of finding new, healthy love. Here are three ways to move on.

Five Things You Should Know About Death

What to expect to feel when someone dies

What Are Canine Calming Signals and Do They Work?

New data shows that of 30 different cataloged calming signals in dogs, some of them do, in fact, reduce the level of aggression in dogs that see them.

What Drives Suicidal Mass Murderers?

Three recent mass killings by suicidal gunmen reveal the deadly effects of individuals caught up in a catathymic crisis.

Understanding Bias, Prejudice, and Violence

If we want to understand bias and prejudice, it might help to understand infant development—feelings and how they work—and evolution.

Being Controlled Provokes Anger—so Does Feeling Controlled

Can you distinguish feeling controlled from being controlled? Making this distinction can reduce your vulnverability to anger.
Judy Scheel, Ph.D., LCSW, CEDS

Changing the Tide for the Severely Ill Eating Disordered

​Eating disorder patients who have been on death's door provide profound opportunities for recovery. Doing the work is difficult, but fantastically rewarding: A therapist reflects.

How to Tame a Disgruntled Colleague

Workplace suggestions in the wake of the recent Orlando tragedy.

Victim

"Pain is no one’s fault." - Wayne Muller... Whether or not you agree with this statement, it’s pretty likely that there has been a time or two, or more, that it didn’t seem true.

Learning to Be Hostile

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Memory Medic
Pray for a return of the regard and respect for others that we used to have.
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Bad Things Happen to Everyone

There is much confusion about “accepting what is.”

Paying It Forward: Generativity and Your Vagus Nerve

Scientific research suggests that if each of us made an effort to improve our "vagal tone" that we could create an upward spiral that would make the world a better place.

The Best Way to Die

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on June 04, 2017 in Am I Right?
Is it better to rage, rage against death or to go gently into the night?

4 Ways Childhood Emotional Trauma Impacts Us as Adults

Children make meaning out of the events they witness and things that happen to them, and they create an internal map of how the world is. This meaning-making helps them cope.