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You know the saying “laughter is contagious?” The same holds true for other emotions. Your anger can affect not only you, but the people in your life as well. It casts a negative feeling on those around you. At the very least, your anger can cause people to feel put off, upset, intimidated, afraid, or a handful of other unpleasant emotions.

Avoiding feelings often leads to addictive behaviors like using alcohol, drugs, or stress eating, particularly when angry. Any compulsive activity serves to cover up painful emotions. So instead, give yourself permission to feel all your feelings, be mindful of them. Name the feelings and choose healthier ways to process them.

Normally, you have no desire to hurt someone. But when anger is suppressed for long periods of time, it becomes more difficult to control. Even the most mild-mannered person can experience rages because denied anger has to leak out eventually. The more these feelings are ignored, the more they may contribute to abusive behavior even if that is not in your nature. That's why catching the feeling early is so critical.

Here are some great examples of protestors using proper anger management. You can tell how good they are at expressing their feelings by the way they smile.

Protestors tend to be angry because they supress feelings for too long. Although expressing anger is better than keeping it in, anger should be expressed in an appropriate way. Frequent outbursts of anger are often counter-productive and cause problems. Anger outbursts are also stressful to your nervous and cardiovascular systems and can make health problems worse.

Learning how to use assertiveness is the healthy way to express your feelings, needs, and preferences. Being assertive can be used in place of using anger in these situations. So next time you feel like you want to punch the world in the face, ask yourself: "Why do I care?"


Source: The effects of anger By Michelle Farris, Men and anger management WebMD