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ANGER MANAGEMENT AND HEALTHbyDanita C McCoyEverybody feels anger from time to time People have been documented feelinganger since biblical times when God was considered angry Babies even exhibitsigns that are interpreted as anger such as crying or screaming Anger isnot in any way unique to people Animals also have the ability to feel andexpress angerIn our personal lives we get angry over at least one thing on almost a dailybasis whether it be on the job with a spouse or loved one or perhaps witha figure of authority Many psychologists have written about anger discussingthe relationship between anger and fear Each of the individuals that comprisehumanity possesses at least one phobia in the same way that each is capableof possessing anger The negativity that is associated with phobias oftenspills over into our feelings about anger We begin to think negatively aboutanger since we associate it with fearPlato was the first to suggest that anger was a disbalance According toDr Willard Gaylin a prominent psychologist anger is still seen as a disbalanceby many of todays psychologists Since Plato anger has suffered abad reputation We only have to imagine a domestic abuse scene to immediatelycondemn anger in all of its manifestationsThere is a reason why anger is viewed in a negative light Nobody likes itwhen someone is angry with them We tend to avoid the wrath of those aroundus This is one reason we see anger as negative Another reason may lie closerto Platos concept of imbalance The negative perception of anger isevident in the American Heritage Dictionarys definitions of the wordanger 11 A feeling of extreme displeasure hostility indignation or someone orsomething rage wrath ire2 Obsolete Trouble pain afflictionTo say Im getting angry is to invoke fear in anotherusually that fear originates from a perception that the utterer of the phraseis about to take some sort of dramatic action Dr Gaylin speaks for theseemotions rage is a response to a perceived assault that effects the bodyin
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