6 great benefits of feeling anger

Like all the other emotions anger is an emotion that most of us have experienced in our life. (Some people repress their anger and aren’t in touch with it). Feelings of anger are different for different people. Often anger is where we have been left reeling with pulsating heat in our body, our heart beats faster, blood rises quickly, and fight or flight physiological reaction kicks in. Sometimes because of the strong surge of anger we sometimes momentarily let it control us if we are in red hot rage. We can often say or do things we don’t mean and later regret. By recognising when you feel angry you can learn to take precautions so you don’t get out of control.

Feeling anger can be beneficial to us because:

1.) We can learn more about ourselves; what makes us tick, so then we look and tackle the root cause. By recognising this we can sought anger management techniques.

2.) We can channel our anger to something healthy and rewarding for example: going for a jog, putting on some music, and or cleaning, to release the tension in your body.

3.) Anger can improve intimate relationships. A study by Baumeister et al. (1990) showed that by masking our anger and not talking about it to our partners had negative effects for the relationship. So by conversing about feelings with the other half is highly beneficial. We need to learn how to do this healthily.

4.) Anger can be used to reach our goals. Anger is such a powerful emotion so when used positively it can be a motivating force. It encourages us to be more confident and assertive and by tuning into this anger it can help us  take action to achieve our goals and get what we want.



5.) Feeling anger is beneficial for us as a study by Lerner et al., 2003 show that people who are angry are as optimistic as happy people.

6.) The flipside of anger is passion. Feeling anger can tell us what we care about and are passionate about. E.g. If we are really angry that children in some cultures are married at 12, it tells us that we might want to play our part in changing that culture.

-Amy Mak


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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.



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