Anger is an emotion that consumes us when someone or something has interfered with our desired goals, gone against us or wronged us in some way or the other. Anger can make us feel like defending ourselves, attacking others or getting retribution. How we experience and express our anger is influenced by our gender, culture, religious beliefs and other factors. Anger only rarely leads to a positive outcome but majority of time works in negative ways much to the disadvantage of oneself. Anger may be caused due to multiple reasons such as:
- Provocative situations like frustration or abuse
- Internal causes like appraisals or expectations
Anger is a common and natural reaction when we are trying to achieve something important but are deterred to do. Anger is a normal and expected reaction to verbal, physical or sexual abuse. Being treated unfairly can also trigger anger. The goal of learning to manage anger is to minimize the negative consequences of this powerful emotion and to remain cool and unattached to the source of anger. Three factors play an important role in managing anger:
- Thinking Patterns
Another way of controlling anger is humour, which is easier said than actually done. It is difficult to be angry when you’re laughing. So, making superhuman effort to see humour in your frustrations and aggravations can help to combat an angry reaction. This attribute, though, is uncommon and rare.
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