How did this emotion end up so distorted?
Anger is actually a pretty simple reflex action: Step on my foot – I yell “Ouch!” and “Watch out!”
The distortion comes when society teaches us from a very early age that anger is bad and dangerous.
With a shaking finger and admonishments we tell our children:
“It’s not nice to…”
“No one will like you if you …”
So we endeavor to block this strong reflex, thereby creating distortion.
Without awareness of what we are doing, we accidentally turn anger in on ourselves and also in our attempt to tamp down this naturally outward bound energy, we often actually intensify it!
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun
WHAT’S YOUR ANGER TEMPERATURE?
Where’s your anger temperature gauge set?
Check the one that fits:
() COOL: “Not me, I’m never angry…”
() MEDIUM: “Ok, maybe, BUT only it it’s very justified!
() HOT: “Right! Blow them away! They deserve it!”
() PERFECT SETTING: You allow yourself to feel angry... and then find, a) a non-toxic way to release the emotion and b) a strategic solution!
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