Anger is usually not considered to be a positive emotion. However, a recent study promulgated that anger is not all that bad, and when used properly, it can even have a positive effect.
Anger is usually not considered to be a positive emotion.
However, a recent study promulgated that anger is not all that bad, and when used properly, it can even have a positive effect.
The study showed when a person is angry about something -- for example, not accomplishing a certain goal -- the anger can motivate or stimulate the person to work harder to ultimately obtain the goal.
This is in contrast to the person who is more nonchalant about not obtaining a goal, and, as a result, is less likely to work hard enough to accomplish it.
Researchers believe that anger as a stimulus is not new and has been a part of our evolutionary process.
At one time, in order to survive, it was essential to obtain food by hunting. Individuals who associated food with anger, for whatever reason, became better hunters and were more aggressive in obtaining food. They were more likely to survive, in contrast to those who did not associate anger with food.
When the participants in the present study were asked why they worked harder to obtain the object associated with anger, they were really not aware of, a least on a conscious level, why they acted in a more aggressive manner.
But let's not go overboard about the benefits of anger.
There is an obvious negative side to anger. Like any emotion, it needs to be controlled. If not, the ramifications can be very serious.
Road rage is one example.
Studies have also shown that an angry person has a greater risk of having high blood pressure. And a chronic angry person is usually not a happy person.
The first thing one needs to do is control his or her anger, or for that matter, any emotion.
If you have your anger under control, you are then better able to direct the anger in a positive way and reap the benefits.
However, if you are unable to control your anger you should seek help to accomplish this. Anger management programs are one way this can be done.
It is important that we learn how to control all of our emotions, and not let our emotions control us.
Massachusetts-based Dr. Murray Feingold is the physician in chief of The Feingold Center for Children, medical editor of WBZ-TV and WBZ radio, and president of the Genesis Fund. The Genesis Fund is a nonprofit organization that funds the care of children born with birth defects, mental retardation and genetic diseases.