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I think in our modern society, anger and frustration are seen as negative concepts, which can be defined as altogether "bad" things. Ultimately this has led to the belief that anger is a hidden demon, and that any display of negative emotion is also a display of one's savagery, and therefore the inability to hold together cognitive thought.
I see it mostly in the realm of western politics and sciences, but I find it's nearly impossible to ignore when it comes up in the media.
But I believe that anger should be utilized as a tool, rather than looked down upon as something terrible. I mean, we all know of the adrenaline rush, of the sense of urgency that comes when you're angry.
So why don't we utilize it to a better extent?
Back in the spring, I was angry for numerous reasons, people treating me like garbage, lack of freedom, you name it, and I transfered that anger and malcontent into a workout routine. I can't say that the workouts left me feeling better, but I found I could channel the anger into endurance. I would do intense workouts that normally I would never do. I would lift weights and run for hours. I was able to sprint for a solid 9 minutes, another thing I could never do.
One could say it was the adrenaline, but I'd like to blame the anger FOR that adrenaline, a direct correlation.
Therefore, how valid is anger as a tool, rather than as something to be feared or looked upon with distaste?
Wouldn't it be better to encourage the release of anger into things such as exercise, sports, art, and others?
Ha ha, unfortunately some things simply can't be resolved, this wasn't my case, but I'll use it as a metaphor:
A child who is being abused by a parent, and can't risk sacrificing the support to get away from said parent.
I think overexerting myself with said workout though was a great way to dissipate most of the anger. I would still leave the gym frustrated, but not livid as I entered it. The exhaustion was the best way to stop me from thinking, I found!
I think my next question is thus: If one can completely control their anger, and eliminate it from their life, should they do so?
Or should they forgo that option and use it for something instead? Like said workout option, or something creative?
That is a great thought inspiring question, personally I would say not to eliminate it, because our greatest sense of who we are comes from our emotion, an emotionless person would feel really lost and confused in this world. There's also the whole ying and yang argument, where there can be no joy without anger etc.
The main thing though is that it keeps us in line with reality. Without emotion we probably wouldn't recognize loss, or when it was time to stick up for ourselves, when it was time to fight, or time to celebrate. And as primitive as anger may be it's a truth teller of how we think and what bugs us and it tells us to deal with that situation. We can't just ignore or deny emotion, because if we do we deny our truest self. So when anger pops up deal with the source in a logical manner, and that's about as far as your emotional control should go. Don't deny any emotion or try and influence it with thought, just deal with it in a controlled logical way, resolve it and move on.
That for me is the ideal, and I'm a fucking long shot off of that, emotions are tough so just keep venting and channeling it into something productive and I think it's safe to say you're on the right track
Guns have had bad connotaions made that compare to anger. Anger is a very good indicator, it tells me woah! I don't like that. Anger for me has taught me a lot about myself. I agree with you Cory, I think anger can be utilized in many different ways. Exercise is a great way to use the motivation that comes with anger,I for one have had great workouts because I needed to unleash some heat. I use my anger to rethink my thoughts, because I used to act upon them without thinking. Now I choose to analyze my thoughts more of why I'm angry, and is it reasonable? Two things happen to me, I either think it's kinda funny that I got mad so easily or I am genuinely angered. Anger management is a great thing, to be able to control yourself, to know how to utilize your emotions to benefit yourself. You have to unleash sometimes, so why not do it to get that bar up one more time =P