“The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough.” ~ Bede Jarrett
When we are children, we are conditioned to believe that anger is wrong. A young child who is expressing his displeasure by acting out is having a “temper tantrum.” The teenager trying to communicate her anger is “acting out” or “talking back.” The parent is always right and the child is left to suffer in silence, pushing their resentment deeper and creating a generation that doesn’t know how to deal with its emotions, especially anger.
“At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled.” ~ Marshall B. RosenbergAnger should be an indication that something is not right. It is also the GPS that will lead you to figure out what is wrong and also gives you an idea of what your personal boundaries are. Others don’t like when we have boundaries, so expect some resistance. People that have been walking all over us for years are not going to be too pleased at us asserting ourselves or telling them “no.”
Once you have figured out what the problem is that is causing your anger, brainstorm on how to change it. If it is a person, talk to them about what is causing the anger. If it is a social injustice or cause, find out how you can get involved and lend your energy to make a positive change on the issue. The worst thing that you can do is to ignore it and let it continue to boil and fester in your subconscious.
Anger is energy and it is up to you to choose what to do with it.
Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry. ~Lyman Abbott