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According to The Chamber's Twentieth Century Dictionary (1901), "anger is defined as a strong emotion excited by a real or fancied injury, and involving a desire for retaliation". Later, in The American Heritage Dictionary (2000) the definition reads as, "a strong feeling of displeasure or hostility", and the synonyms mentioned are rage, fury, ire, wrath, resentment, and indignation denoting varying degrees of displeasure. Rage and fury imply intense, explosive, often destructive emotion; Ire is a term frequently used in English literature; Wrath applies to anger seeking punishment; Resentment implies a smouldering anger generated by a grievance; and Indignation is righteous anger at something wrong and unjust.
Managing anger is essential for integration of various health components. Health is not merely defined as a state of absence of disease, but a state of physical, mental, social, spiritual and environmental well-being. One must remember that anger is not a matter of chance, but is a matter of choice on our part. Negative emotions precipitate anger, and its altered physiology is similar to that of "stress".
Types of Anger
Anger can be classified in to two types:
1. Righteous anger which is superficial and does not change the biochemistry of the individual. It is positive, creative and self-limiting, e.g, parents and teachers at times have to show anger towards children to make them study or maintain discipline;
2. Unjustified anger which is long-standing, renders one selfish and egocentric, and changes the biochemistry of the individual. Unfortunately, mostly anger becomes insulting, accusing, sarcastic, aggressive and violent. According to Jerry Defenbacher, a psychologist, some people are more 'hotheaded' than others, and get angry more easily and intensely than others. They are more likely to withdraw socially, sulk and get physically ill. They have a low tolerance for frustration, and the cause may be genetic, physiological or psychological.
Anger Control Strategies
Anger exists in our minds, and is the direct result of our negative thoughts. An event itself cannot make us angry. But our interpretation of the event as to how we feel and think about it, leads to anger (From "Programme on Lifestyle and Health - A Mind-Body Capsule" by Dr. H.K. Chopra, Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2006).
(a) Taking a few deep breaths from the diaphragm, and not from the chest.
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Dr. Frank S.K. Barar
10/14/2012 02:28 AM