Saturday, May 28, 2011

Note to Self # 2 - Thoughts On Anger Management

Anger hasn't been an emotion I consciously allowed myself to feel. For all of my childhood and much of my adult life it just seemed a whole lot less complicated for me to ignore that part of the feeling spectrum. It was easier than try to confront them. I have since come to accept that Anger has it's rightful place along side the long list of other emotions I feel any given day, and in fact Anger is not at the bottom of the emotional hierarchy as I once thought. If expressed in constructive, meaningful ways, Anger can be as healthy an emotion as Love. A classic mistake is to think that Anger in and of itself is a 'bad' thing. Or that it and Love should remain mutually exclusive in our relationships when they are not. Anger, big or small, that vie for recognition and acceptance in our normal emotional outflow can enhance our own human potential and also the ability to more completely connect with others and they with us. I have now learned that there is a deep long lasting benefit and so much we all gain by simply being authentic, by honestly owning and then sharing how we feel. Yes, when it is tempered with understanding, respect and Love, Anger too, I now know for myself, can heal and help restore greater balance in our lives, .

The word of the Day: Anger.
  • Date of Origin 12th c.
    The original notion contained in this word was of distress’ or ‘affliction’; ‘rage’ did not begin to enter the picture until the 13th century. English acquired it from Old Norse angr ‘grief, and it is connected with a group of words which contain connotations of ‘constriction’: German and Dutch eng (and Old English enge) mean ‘narrow’, Greek ánkhein meant ‘squeeze, strangle’ (English gets angina from it), and Latin angustus (source of English anguish also meant ‘narrow’. All these forms point back to an Indo-European base *angg- ‘narrow’.

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