We are all the slaves of our emotions. Anger is a natural response to certain threats. Sometimes aggression can be the response to anger, as it allows us to defend ourselves. Therefore, sometimes anger is natural feeling that we all have felt at one time or another. Anger can be a useful emotion in expressing how we feel to others. However, we cannot get angry with everyone and everything we encounter. As a result, we must learn to express our anger appropriately.
Anger can be funny in a way, it can come out in so many ways, through sarcastic comments, tears and sometimes laughter. Cognitive sources of anger are based on how we perceive things. Whereas, behavioural sources of anger come from the environment we create for ourselves.
Anger can also be a ‘secondary emotion’ to feeling sad, frightened, threatened or lonely. It is an emotion that both transcends and unites people by providing context for an individual’s grievances. Sometimes there may be no real reason for anger, but our personal biases and emotions take over, leading to aggression.
Below are some great tips to help manage anger emotions:
- Take a break
- Relax your muscles
- Play your favourite music
- Count up or down to 10
However, anger need not be defeatist or destructive – it is productive, justified and an innate component of what makes us human!