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Everyone experiences anger from time to time Most of us view anger as bad and it is often associated with rage Even babies exhibit signs that are interpreted as anger such as crying or screaming Anger is not unique to humans Animals also have the ability to feel and express anger In our personal lives we get angry over at least one thing whether it is on the job or with a spouse or loved one on almost a daily basis As humans we are hardwired to feel anger just as we feel love and other emotions There are many schools of thought regarding anger management Anger is an emotion that is difficult to control If anger is allowed to fester it often results in rage or other inappropriate behaviors The misconception about anger is that it is always a bad thing However anger can be as destructive as a nuclear bomb or as productive as a nuclear power plant It is essential to learn to harness the power of anger and turn it to good use Anger can be viewed positively or negatively depending on how it is expressed Knowing how to recognize and express it appropriately can help us to reach goals handle emergencies and solve problems If it is not done effectively we may severely ruin our health as well as the relationships we have on a daily basis Anger is an emotion that is a double-edged sword It has been viewed as a disbalance as far back as Plato Even today Websters dictionary reinforces the negative perception of anger as A violent revengeful passion or emotion excited by a real or supposed injury to oneself or others passion ire choler rage wrath Websters 1981 p39 Anger can alter your body in many ways Dr Gaylin states rage is a response to a perceived assault that effects the body in interesting ways Skeletal muscles are tensed the autonomic system moves to increase
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