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

Major Challenges to Cultivating Healthy Anger

What are the blocks to learning how to give up destructive anger? How can they be overcome?

Why Is Immorality "Disgusting"?

By Tom Kupfer on February 16, 2017 in Repulsed
Disgust may not be just a feeling, but also a social signal.

Feed the Wolf of Love

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
The wolf of hate today breeds alienation, anger, and conflicts with others. The wolf of love is fed with our hearts and with hopes.

10 Ways to Defuse the Hostility of People Who Are Angry

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
We can all benefit from handling anger without responding in kind.

How Exercise Reduces Depression, Anxiety, Cynicism, & Anger

By Matthew MacKinnon MD on February 12, 2017 in Neuraptitude
Exercise may be on par with antidepressants and psychotherapy in the treatment of depression; it even benefits non-pathological mental states as well as reduces mortality.

Authoritarianism in America

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Side Effects
On rereading “The Authoritarian Personality” in 2017.

The Pure Hubris of "In His Shoes I'd Have Acted Differently"

Judge people for what they do. But don't pretend you can understand why they did it, or whether their motives were good.

When Your Child Falsely Accuses You of Child Abuse: My Story

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on February 10, 2017 in Insight Is 20/20
When my son recently falsely accused me of "child abuse," I researched the issue and found very little support online. Here, I offer guidance that can hopefully help other parents.

Idealization and Contempt

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in Life After 50
Do you know someone who cycles between idealization and devaluation? It may be an indicator of a personality disorder.

Zombie Nerves

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
When reality feels overwhelming, popular fantasies can simplify and highlight important themes.

How Dogs Respond to an Angry Expression on a Human Face

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 08, 2017 in Canine Corner
Whether your dog looks at your face may depend upon your emotional expression

Psychopaths, Sadists, and the Lure of Internet Aggression

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on February 07, 2017 in The Integrationist
Internet trolls create chaos on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Read on to learn who they are, what motivates them, and why you should stop feeding them.

The Sadness of Partisan Polarizing

We mammals evolved to seek the safety of social alliances. Political partisanship makes your inner mammal feel good in the short run but has unpleasant consequences in the long run
Used with permission: Worcester Telegram & Gazette November 18, 1995

Word Matters

Mind and body are connected; both hateful and compassionate speech affect our bodies, our immune and cardiovascular systems and our brains.

Are Narcissists Nastier to Their Romantic Partners?

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on January 31, 2017 in Close Encounters
New research examines how narcissism affects the way couples interact with each other. It turns out that one partner’s narcissism may be especially problematic.

Our National Nuclear Nightmare

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on January 31, 2017 in Peace and War
One of the skeletons in the closet of nuclear deterrence is "credibility": how to make credible a threat that is necessarily incredible. Trump may provide a catastrophic answer.

The Curious Human

Interest is crucial to our learning, exploratory activities, and creativity. But what happens when this feeling of interest or curiosity is squashed…

Make Peace With Your Mind: A Conversation With Mark Coleman

By Mark Matousek on January 31, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
The longtime meditation teacher and mindfulness consultant on how to confront the bullies within, and end the way in our own minds.

10 Ways to Deal With People When They Feel Miserable

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
Learning to Deal With Miserable People Is A Necessary Skill
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Anger Can Be Useful

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in Face It!
So you have an anger problem. Did you know that there are benefits to experiencing and expressing anger? Here's how to use your anger for good.

You're So Vain

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in A Sideways View
There is a great deal of interest in narcissism and many claims about who and why certain groups are clinically and sub-clinically narcissistic

Aggression in Twentysomethings’ Relationships

Why is aggression more common in relationships earlier in life and some types of relationships, such as cohabitation?

Trumping Fear

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on January 28, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Did the 2016 Presidential Election make you sad, angry, afraid, and stressed? We can use our knowledge about brain science to help each other through this. It's all about respect.
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Narcissistic Injury

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in Life After 50
President Trump’s rage reactions exemplify how a narcissistic personality order responds to a narcissistic injury.

The Emotions of Grief After a Breakup

Many will tell you not to waste your tears on a former love, but grief is the healing feeling. It must have its due for you to be happy once again.

Forgiveness Therapy and Empathy in Cases of Sexual Abuse

By Robert Enright, Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Is encouraging empathy within psychotherapy always a good idea or can it be dangerous especially in cases of sexual abuse?

Five Major Types of Bullying — and How to Stop Them

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on January 22, 2017 in Communication Success
Five common (and surprising) tactics bullies use to extort undue influence and power.

A Framework for Understanding Anger Arousal

What really transpires internally during anger arousal? A framework for understanding anger arousal.

6 Tips for Managing Strong Emotions in the Moment

By Tara Well Ph.D. on January 19, 2017 in The Clarity
Upset by the news? Try these strategies to stay informed without getting triggered.

Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Does sparing the rod spoil the child? New research explores how corporal punishment and harsh parenting can lead to later behavioral problems in children.