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

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By Ryan Martin Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in All the Rage
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By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 15, 2017 in ExperiMentations
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The Cost of Choosing Not to Have Kids: Moral Outrage

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 12, 2017 in Living Single
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By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on March 12, 2017 in The I-M Approach
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By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 06, 2017 in ExperiMentations
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Hate: Learning and Unlearning It

By Brenda Berger Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Hearts and Minds
At a time in America when anger is exploding into aggression and division, it's worth thinking about hatred in ourselves and ways to surmount it.

Are You the "In-Group" or the "Out-Group"?

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on March 05, 2017 in The I-M Approach
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By Guy Winch Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
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By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in People Skills
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Do You Contribute to Your Own Depression?

By Gerry Heisler Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Relationship Boot Camp
How many of these seven depression-generating factors apply to you?