Let’s begin by thinking of A.N.G.E.R as…
A Negatively Guided Energy Release
This means that in of itself, the emotion of anger is neither good nor bad. I’ll say that again, “in of itself, the emotion of anger is neither good nor bad.” However, it does depend on the situation or circumstance and how it’s used that determines the outcome, in action or behaviour.
With a little skill and practice we can all make A.N.G.E.R …
A Nobly Guided Energy Release
But first, what is anger?
Let’s have a look at some definitions…
‘AN-GER n. A feeling of extreme displeasure, hostility, indignation, or exasperation towards someone or something’.
– Reader’s Digest Universal Dictionary
‘Anger n. the strong emotion that you feel when you think that someone has behaved in an unfair, cruel or unacceptable way’.
– Collins dictionary
‘Anger n. a strong feeling that makes you want to hurt someone or be unpleasant because of something unfair or unkind that has happened’.
– Cambridge dictionary
‘Anger n. a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility’.
– Microsoft Bing dictionary
We love the MIND charity organisation’s support information on ‘What is anger’, which you can find here: When is anger a problem? | Mind, the mental health charity – help for mental health problems
And where does anger come from?
‘Anger, also known as wrath or rage, is an intense emotional state involving a strong uncomfortable and non-cooperative response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat. A person experiencing anger will often experience physical effects, such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as an emotion which triggers part of the fight or flight response. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically when a person makes the conscious choice to take action to immediately stop the threatening behavior of another outside force. The English term originally comes from the term anger of Old Norse language’.
In order to recognise your triggers and practice making anger ‘A Nobly Guided Energy Release’ you must allow yourself to feel the emotion and accept that only you can change the situation. Let’s explore this a little bit more in the video below.