Saturday, April 4, 2009

Righteous anger

"I follow Jesus on this one," says Schroedinger. "Throw the money lenders out of the temple. How dare they? And why pussyfoot about it? Jesus knew that anger is a healthy emotion."

And in a recent Observer article How to be happy in life: let out your anger, Amelia Hill reported that research shows that anger has been unfairly maligned.

Apparently a Harvard study has found that "those who learned to harness and channel their anger were far more likely to be professionally well-established, as well as enjoying emotional and physical intimacy" whereas to attempt to repress frustration by practicing 'positive thinking' is a self-defeating approach ultimately leading to "a damaging denial" of the realities of life.

Obviously we have to learn to express our anger constructively, but internalising it only results in depression and other health problems, and in communication difficulties.

Dr James Averill, a University of Massachusetts Amherst psychologist, believes anger has a bad name because it is erroneously associated with violence. "Anger can be used to aid intimate relationships, work interactions and political expression," said Averill. "When you look at everyday episodes of anger, as opposed to those that have more dramatic outcomes, the results are usually positive."
So, be angry, channel it positively, and be happy.

[Photograph: a tentative encounter between a lion fish and a sea urchin in the venomous sea creatures tank at Underwater World, Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia]


one billion daleks said...

Too darned blardy right!

Actually, your highly annoying post made me think of Kenny Everett on the telly many years ago, and his character "Mr.Angry of Mayfair"!

*dalek um, stomps off* (!?)

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Bernard Black of Black Books is my favourite angry fictional character. Could hardly call his approach constructive, though it's very funny :-)