Don't let anger hurt or control you

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 December, 2008, 12:00am

An angry person often acts without first thinking about what they are going to do. They are usually reacting emotionally rather than rationally to an event.

While we don't consider angry people to be mentally well, we also don't think it is a good idea to suppress anger.

Anger can damage our bodies and our minds. It can increase our blood pressure, create nervous and muscular tension and cause us to lose control of our normal physical functions. It can also give us a totally negative image of ourselves.

No one looks back on the times they've been angry with any joy or is proud if they lost control of themselves in these moments.

There is nothing positive about the damage our anger can cause to ourselves or others.

People who are mentally healthy enjoy being in control of themselves and their reactions.

Zunaira Malik, California School

From the Editor

Anger need not be a negative emotion. It all depends on what we do with it. Of course it is not good to respond to it in a destructive way. However, if we ignore or suppress anger then it returns in other forms to harm us. They say depression is just anger without passion.

Anger can be hugely motivating. It can also be a force for good. For example, if people are outraged at human rights abuses, they can be motivated to do something to change the situation. If they do not feel the outrage, they will not do anything.

As we get older we realise that we can choose how we respond to our emotions. The key is to be master of all emotions and slave to none.

Susan, Editor