not what they appear to be.Cindy is complainingof Paul’s lack of closeness.Whenever she confrontshim about somethinghe’s done to upset her,he retreats into coolindifference.“It’s like he isso far away that I can’t getto him no matter how hardI try.It’s a frozen barrier of icy silence that I don’t knowwhat to do with.I can’t livelike this anymore.I wantsomeone who wants to bewith me.”What do Angela,Jill,andPaul have in common? Theyare all battling with one of the most powerful emotionsknown to man—anger. Angela’s anger mushroomedto the point of her becomingabusive to her child.Jillfelt rage toward herco-worker but kept itinside.Paul pushed hisanger underground anddecided the best course of action was to bury it andhope it would go away. Anger.A day rarelygoes by that we all don’tfeel some form of anger.That’s why it’s important totalk about our anger—whatit is,what it does for us,where it comes from,andhow we can learn to handleit in constructive instead of destructive ways.Onlywhen the roots of our angerare exposed can we defuseits explosive potential.
What Is Anger?
nger is one of themost basic humanemotions.Everyonegets angry.It’s a feeling of being against someone orsomething.It’s a hostileemotion that sets peopleagainst each other,or evenagainst themselves.By itsnature,anger involvesantagonism. Anger,however,issimpler to define than itis to identify.Emotions of antagonism can take ona wide variety of faces.
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