We all recognize the hot-headed person who yells, shouts,Â hasÂ a red face,Â clenchedÂ fists and bulging neck veins when angered or frustrated. It is easy to see that person as angry. But, is it possible to be just as angry but never show it? To suppress angry feelings or turn Â them inward so that the anger affects our bodies from the inside allowing us to Â maintain a calm and cool exterior?
The answer, of course, is yes! Some people are likeÂ volcanoesÂ in that they explode with anger, while others are like slow-cookers in that they simmer with resentment. Still others are “stuffers” in that they don’t acknowledge they are angry at all – toÂ themselvesÂ or to others. Yet, stuffersÂ sometimesÂ are depressed, and they often infuriate their partners because of their apparent lack of negative feelings in situations when most people would get Â mad or at least agiitated.
Most stuffers can’t stuffÂ forever, so they sometimes over-react to situations because they have been holding it in for so long.Â BetterÂ to deal with issues sooner than later, when they are just ripples instead ofÂ tsunamis. Expessihg anger appropriately is an important part of anger managenent because it often clears the air, it Â shows your partner that you really care about the issue, and it just plain makes you feel better to get it off your chest
Anger is like fire. We must respect it, but not fear it. Â We can harness it for our own good and the goodÂ ofÂ the world or we can let it control us and perhaps destroy those things we love most in our lives.
Try it. Let people know what bothers you by asserting yourself. To learn more about this,and how it applies toÂ relationships, Â join our new professionalÂ marriageÂ page on Facebook and get a free 50-page ebook titled “Eight Keys To Successful marriage.”Â