WRITTEN BY: BILL BOWSER…. FROM CINCINNATI, OHIO
I believe anger management is vitally important, but it isn’t taught in school, or anywhere else, it seems.
As a teenager I was surprised to learn that anger, like one’s other emotions, is under one’s control. When we are annoyed by someone we say they made us mad, but that’s really not the case. We choose to be angry, probably because that’s the easiest reaction to almost any situation.
Anger is a very destructive response to an annoyance which frequently results in irrational violent behavior, which soon turns into regret. Why do so many people react to an annoyance by doing something to make the perpetrator mad? Don’t they realize that it is never a good idea to anger someone else? Anger and stupid behavior go hand-in-hand.
When we blame our irrational behavior on someone who “ made us angry”, we’re saying that this person somehow took control of our mind, which is nonsense.
It used to be that parents taught their kids to slowly count to ten before reacting to being annoyed by someone or something. I don’t know if anyone does this any more. This was good advice, but it’s not enough, as evidenced by the road rage incidents you frequently hear about today.
I think there should be more attention focused on this problem, because it can easily solved. Chill out everybody.
“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” — Benjamin Franklin