Are you trying to get rid of your anger? Are you trying to calm your friends and partner down when they feel angry? Here's why you may want to reconsider that approach...
As a trauma and couples therapist in Oakland, CA, I am often asking individuals to unlearn that anger is inherently negative. Below are five upsides of anger.
Anger promotes emotional expression
Anger allows individuals to express their feelings and frustrations. By acknowledging and expressing anger in a healthy way individuals can release pent-up emotions and prevent them from festering inside.
Anger promotes self-protection
Anger is a natural response to perceived threats or injustices. It can trigger the "fight" response, motivating individuals to protect themselves or others from harm. anger is a self-protective mechanism that helps establish boundaries and defend personal or collective rights.
Anger promotes change
Anger can serve as a catalyst for positive change. When people become angry about social injustices, inequalities, or unfair treatment, it can inspire them to take action and work towards improving the situation. social movements throughout history have been fueled by the collective anger of individuals seeking positive change.
Anger promotes problem-solving
Anger can help identify and address underlying issues or conflicts. When channeled constructively, anger can prompt individuals to evaluate the root causes of their frustration and seek solutions. anger can motivate problem-solving and negotiation, leading to better understanding, compromise, and resolution.
Anger promotes assertiveness
Anger can help individuals assert themselves and establish personal boundaries. anger communicates to others that their actions are unacceptable, allowing individuals to protect their well-being and assert their rights. When communicated assertively and respectfully, anger can foster healthier relationships and improve communication.
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***Resources are not a substitute for therapy and are not intended for making diagnoses or providing treatment. Not all practices and tools are suitable for every person. Please discuss exercises, practices, and tools with your individual therapist or health care provider.