Dealing with Anger

You know the feeling. It's that rage you get when someone cuts you off on the highway; you just want to floor it and flip the bird. Anger is a corrosive emotion that can run off with your mental and physical health. So do you hold it in? Or do you let it all out? Anger doesn't dissipate just because you unleash it. Some insight into why we have it and how it works can help you better manage this raw emotion.

Recent posts on Anger

Fear and Anger Over the Ohio State Knife Attack

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Anger and fear dominate our responses to acts of terror. How do we channel these feelings to maximize our safety and security?

How to Deal With PTSD–Post Trump Stress Disorder

By Judy Carter on December 06, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Are you having the post-election flare ups? Ready to snap at anyone who voted differently? A personal story about how a Hillary supporter dealt with Post Trump Stress Disorder

The Only Way to Stop Verbal Abuse

The only effective way to put an end to particular instances of verbal abuse is to call out the abuser on each occasion.

Anger, the Convenient Emotion

Anger is the emotional refuge of those who have seen their positions in the world decline and who have lost faith in society’s ability to respond to those concerns.

Delusional or Dissident?

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on December 05, 2016 in The Human Equation
Can hate crimes be fueled by mental illness? Here's what the evidence says.

Why Are We So Powerless?

By David Niose on December 04, 2016 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Trump's victory resulted from powerless voters seeking to strike back at an uncaring Establishment. For those who want to reverse course, what does this mean?

When Love Becomes Infiltrated by Hate

Passionate love and hate are obsessive emotions, whereas indifference is a a kind of numbness that likely sparks an absence of action as opposed to reaction.

Giving or Taking Criticism: Stay Cool, Calm, and Collected

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in Thicken Your Skin
Can you stay calm when giving criticism? Can you hear criticism without feeling your heart zoom?

5 Science-Based Ways to Break the Cycle of Rage Attacks

By Christopher Bergland on December 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Rage is contagious. If you, or someone you know, is a "rageaholic" this blog post offers five science-based ways to break the vicious cycle of Intermittent Explosive Disorder.

Surfing Your Brain: Know Which Brain Is Talking

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on December 01, 2016 in Fixing Families
Your brain goes in and out of its rational state many times over the day. The key to successfully surfing your brain is recognizing what state you are in and taking action.

Do Statin Medications Affect Irritability and Aggression?

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on November 30, 2016 in Minding the Body
Recent guidelines are fueling a boom in the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. One potential side effect of statins is increased irritability, new evidence shows.

Staying Calm

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in How To Do Life
Tips for being less reactive in response to annoyances

Talking Politics Over Turkey?

Thinking about talking politics on Thanksgiving? Or not? These strategies may help you.

Angry About the Election?

Headlines call for intolerance toward Trump voters. Families are stressed, and friendships are frayed. Tolerance is a paradigm that has outlived its purpose.
K. Ramsland

Power Assertive Murder

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 20, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Some serial killers are motivated by anger and the need to harm those they think have wronged them. Todd Kohlhepp appears to be in this category.

3 Ways to Put Past Relationships Behind You for Good

Are you letting your unresolved hurts get in the way of opening up, trusting your current intimate partner, or taking the risk of finding a healthy new relationship?

Thanksgiving Trumped

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Life After 50
Are you afraid to see your relatives (who voted differently) on Thanksgiving?

Why We Hate Our Exes

Your craving for a dopamine fix that only your ex can provide can also make you angry and hateful toward the one person who is withholding your "drug" from you: your ex.

Talking Down Angry Protesters and Hate Crime Perpetrators

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on November 18, 2016 in Just Listen
We have nothing to lose by asking and seeking to understand what lies beneath the anger, and what will make it go away.

The Deadly Inappropriate Smile

Why is the look on his face so disturbing? Why is she smiling while her political opponent attacks her? Is a condescending smile abusive behavior? Is a killer smile at work legal?

Rhetoric, Violence, and Redemption

Social pain—rejection, shame, disrespect—resonates in the "pain center" of the brain, impairing cognitive capacities. This opens the door for violent responses to Trump's rhetoric.

What Makes People Resort to Physical Violence?

By Sheila Kohler on November 15, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
What makes people resort to physical violence?

Crimes Against the Self

The aspect of emotional reactivity that makes it difficult to see is its illusion of free will. We think that we're acting of our own volition, when we’re merely reacting.
Liz Swan

Why Trump Is Good for Academia

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in College Confidential
Were there "safe spaces" at Trump University? Probably not.

We All Hate Bullies but Disagree on Who They Are

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 14, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Depression is often self-bullying.

The Days After: Coping With Election Grief

By Ryan Martin Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in All the Rage
Struggling to cope with the election outcome? How to deal with anger and election grief.

Healing a Nation

By John Sean Doyle on November 12, 2016 in Luminous Things
The recent election highlighted that we are a nation divided. Staying open to understanding does not require that we agree. But it does reassert a sense of humanity in the other.

For young people who are mourning Trump's election

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on November 12, 2016 in Suffer the Children
The election of Donald Trump as President has touched almost every therapy session. Young women, especially, are filled with anger, grief and disbelief.

How Do You Accept the Unacceptable?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Evolution of the Self
To many, accepting Donald Trump as the President-elect feels—on a gut level—almost impossible. After all, much of the population regards him as simply "unfit" for public office.

Post-Election Grief and Resilience

By Brad Waters on November 11, 2016 in Design Your Path
How to grieve, cope, and grow after the election.