I'm writing about this because we sidetracked a post in the forums and I thought it was interesting to warrant a full article. It's not so much that I want to ram my opinion down the throats of those who disagree with me (I do), but that I feel like my position is misunderstood and I probably didn't do a great job of explaining it.
I don't ever get angry. That doesn't mean that bad things don't happen to me (they do), but most people I know will tell you that they've never seen me angry.
The common misperception is that I don't deal with anger and I stuff it down somewhere. The theory continues that eventually I won't be able to contain it and I will unleash my rage. Or that I'll suddenly become depressed.
People suggest that I "deal with my anger", which is the common "healthy" way to do things.
So first - my position on it. There is NEVER any reason to be angry. You can't feel anger unless you also feel helpless. If someone wrongs you, but you have a solution to the situation, you wouldn't feel angry, right? You'd feel motivated, if anything. Possibly a bit frustrated because you now have more work to do. Anger is a weak emotion.
Someone please try to give me an example that doesn't fit that description. I tried really hard to think of one, but couldn't.
When someone wrongs you, which is the classic instigator of anger, you have two choices : accept it or react to it.
Someone knocked over your sand castle? Either accept it and do something else, or build a better sand castle.
What about something where you have no recourse? You did a good job on a paper in class but your teacher is an asshole and he gave you a bad grade anyway. I'd argue that you DO have a reaction here (drop out of school, take it up with the teacher or his superior, etc.), but most people wouldn't do those things.
In this case, just accept it. Getting angry NEVER ever fixes anything. . Think about that - why would you want an emotion that NEVER helps? It's like jealousy. Being jealous never helps. People have no problem saying "don't be jealous", but they get angry (haha....) when I say not to get angry.
Accept that some things that happen to you will not be optimal. That's how it is for everyone, so just accept yours. Anything else is just petty and selfish.
To wrap this up - the point isn't to suppress your anger, it's to deal with things in a LOGICAL way and realize that anger isn't a valid or helpful emotion. I'm not saying that this is always easy, but it can be accomplished. Instead of thinking of it as "not dealing" with anger, think of it as "dealing extremely quickly" with anger.
So this all sounds great, you might think, but how do you do it? If someone trips you today you're going to be angry, right? You do it the same way you do anything - PRACTICE.
When you get angry, think "Am I going to do something about this?". If you are, think of what you're going to do and do it (or schedule it if you can't do it immediately). How can you feel angry after that? You've found the solution to your problem!
If you're not going to do something about it, then say outloud or in your head, "Bad things happen to people. This is one of those things and the best thing I can do is move on." Maybe that sounds stupid, but when you logically agree that there's no reason to be angry, you'll find that you get over things extremely quickly. Think about why you're being angry and you'll usually be able to trace it back to a fault of your own, most likely something like, "I know the solution to this problem but I don't want to do it."
Enjoy. Magnus, back me up!
i do agree with you..at first i thought there was something wrong with me..why dont i get angry? i just dont want to waste my time on this negative feelings and linger on it..life is to short to be angry..and for what? it won't change a situation or whatever happened when you get angry..move on!!!
I found this article to be mostly true. There is no need to get "angry" in most situations. I have found that narcissists get angry when anyone doesn't agree with their thinking. I do think that when people learn to understand their own emotions and where they stem from, it is quite easy to evolve and in most cases anger becomes obsolete. However, I do think that in circumstances of injustice, anger is necessary. Not to say that it justifies brutality but as a means to end brutality in all of its forms. Anger is a necessary tool to end exploitation. Exploitation of humans, animals, land, resources, the environment, war, etcera... I think that that is where anger should end. At the point of emotional response. The way it should be learned to be expressed is through constructive positive change in its corresponding issue. Acting out, brutally in anger is a fools game.
I never get mad myself, never. I don't see the point of being overwhelmed by it. It makes you irrational. However, if someone crosses me, I'll be sure to get back at them. No doubt about it. Even if it's years after.
Been dating this guy for 3months and i ve never suceeded in getting him angry. He told me he doesnt get angry. But for me, i easily get angry though my anger doesnt last. He wants to try to change me so i dont get angry. Ever since i met him, he has only been angry once to my knowledge. A friend of his picked up a fight with him for no reason and he didn't fight back. The friend succeeded in ripping off his gold neckchain and my boyfriend's only reaction was to ask him to replace his neck chain. And the friend did replace it. I keep asking him why he never gets angry. And I told him that guys like him will pretend they don't get angry and when u get married to them, they will show u another side to them. And I also told him that, I will take it upon me as a project to go to Google and research how to get him angry which is how I stumbled on this post. So dear writer and those who commented, I still don't believe there is anybody who doesn't get angry. I can never believe that. I like that I can feel angry so that people won't take me for granted. So I will still go ahead with my project of getting my boyfriend angry so I can see how he reacts. Thanks
Hm... You say you don't get angry but you seem a tad aggressive about those who do, though.
I came across this blog because I was curious about the same thing; I never get angry ever. Perhaps I was born with this inability, perhaps it's a part of my PTSD symptoms. Usually I get scared and/or lightheaded instead of being angry. But this isn't because I "do something about it", nor are people wrong for being angry without doing anything about. It's just the way I am, and just the way they are.
I very rarely feel anger. This is not as a result of some supreme effort to reconcile myself to the world. I just don't feel it. I was widowed at a young age and, even then, I missed the anger phase of the grieving process. Lack of anger has helped in all sorts of ways, but it can be dull and, more importantly can lead to loved ones feeling that they are not important enough to warrant strong emotional reactions.
I realized how useless anger generally is after I acted angry at my young kids a couple of times. All it did was amplify my frustrations and show them an unhealthy behavior they would imitate when they were frustrated.
This "mirror" that my kids held up made me realize how stupid I was, when I was thinking that I could yell at them to get them to do what I want.
I used to defend occasional anger as a natural force that can help to change things for the better. I used to think that without anger there would never have been any revolutions, the oppressed would never have thrown off the oppressors.
But now I am not so sure anymore. Maybe the "angry mob" was mostly just used by others during revolutions and only cool-minded, well planned uprisings actually changed society in a progressive way.
Also, I used to be a defender of very honest (some would say harsh) criticism and a sometimes very confrontational style of debate. Sometimes I would get really mad when small things seemed really unfair, inappropriate etc and I felt like justice was or should be on my side. Those situations then either backfired and/or added to my reputation as a loud mouth.
Now I am at a point in my life where I am reassessing my cognitive and behavioral patterns and want to be more balanced, more efficient and have less friction happening, at work, at home, within my family and in public.
This goes along with less problem-oriented (more solution-oriented) thinking, less big picture complaining and more pragmatic doing, less dwelling on frustration and more goal-oriented planning.
I can still get frustrated when I see how the majority often seems passive and indifferent, and I am often more likely to speak up or act on something that bugs me than others do. Sometimes that can also be perceived as a (mild) form of trouble-making but I like it better than swimming with the flow all the time.
I also was a person who never got angry. Until I was in my 20s & a man raped my 3yr old daughter. Yep. That changed me. I'm still not a person that angers quickly. But I'm not a person of trust anymore either. Yet my anger towards pedifiles is very real. Shannon
I think anger does have it's purpose. If you never get angry then you let people take advantage of you (This is if you know this person). I think letting anger out by perceiving it in a way where you believe it has no purpose is a perfect solution but, like all rules, they eventually should be broken. I myself almost never get angry. I just felt awkward yelling at people, after awhile I just grew into a person that was only happy and I see the world in a better way. A world without hate. Not because the physical world doesn't have hate, but because my world doesn't have hate. Stepping away from anger also gives you respect from others. It makes you the bigger man, unless (like I said) you are constantly being harassed. It's up to you then if you should put matters into your own hands or call the cops if it's a legal issue. But then it's up to the individual for what they see is 'right'.
Whoopdedooo ... being anyone I know who has ever said that is usually a narcissist who doesn't have a grasp on any emotion, nor the empathy to deal with life or others, other than to make it be in their favour. They will have others do the dirty work so that they never have the cortisol cursing through them. They will knock you down and treat you like crap, then claim it was your fault.
Or perhaps you are merely stoic, which means you may also be taken advantage of. It also means you may not be a good friend you think you are and are likely passive aggressive. it also means you likely piss people off and slough it off, being that is their problem, certainly not yours given your post.
It also means that you have likely not been raped, been to war, been abused physically or mentally, and have great health and a good job and likely money as well. (All of which can be taken away in an instant and you will be left confused as you may not deal with life suddenly makes lemons when can't make lemonade to sugar coat life positively in your favour) And if you have been handed some hardship, perhaps you were lucky enough or wealthy enough to get help so that it all didn't culminate in PTSD.
Some people have extra cortisol and adrenaline that builds up in them and you might find that those people are often the best athletes, much more fun to be with and the most honest and kind people you might meet, but they can also get upset if the cortisol is not redirected properly. They are likely also more giving, more emotional and more vulnerable and those who "never get angry" will try to attach to them and treat them like crap by trying to get you to do their bidding and add stress to your life so that they do not feel any. Expect to become their scapegoat and the one they will get to do favours and jobs and to deal with situations product returns that might actually get THEIR cortisol cursing!
PS: To someone who "is never angry" you may also hear often how angry a person you are, even when you are only mildy upset, because they do not recognize or acknowledge emotions well.
I disagree with you completely. First, people do not take advantage of me because I read people very well and remove them from my life. If you are a "high drama" person you won't be around me. Most people go through life without dealing with much adversity thus, when it happens, it knocks them for a loop and the react poorly. My life has been full of death, loss, medical issues etc etc and each one has made me stronger and better equipped to deal with things as they arise. I agree with the writer. Anger is a weak emotion resting and growing in one insecurities. Once you get comfortable with yourself, your life, who you are then very little anyone can ever do will make you mad. It really is the true sense of "growing up".
Ok folks... I'm gonna break it down for you Dr. Phil style today, and talk about happiness.
Now, first of all - I don't see why happiness is always priority number one. "Do whatever makes you happy", they say. "Yeah, but is she HAPPY?". Who says this is the holy grail? Personally, I think giving Tynan presents should be the end goal. "Do whatever makes Tynan get more presents" and "Yeah, but is she giving Tynan presents?" both sound pretty sweet to me.
But we live in a world where happiness is number one. They don't ask if happiness makes you money, but if money makes you happy. So, let's get happy.
Workplaces can be stressful places.
Anger is a natural response to stressful stimulus but its how we deal with that anger and how to express that is most important. Anger will pop up in both our I work and personal lives. While anger comes as easily and commonly as the passage of time, how to deal with it is not a common skill. Advice for this particular issue is numerous and sometimes conflicting. Thomas Jefferson, is quoted as stating "When angry count ten before you speak, if very angry, an hundred." I don't know if counting is the best solution, but when you are angry it is important you speak about it.
One solution to managing your anger according to the Mayo Clinic (2011) is using humor to diffuse the situation. If something is bothering you and you are afraid of how to express it, make a joke about it. Then at least you got it off of your chest. My advice is to know that a joke will not always lead to a resolution of the issue. If you try and use humor and don't get the result you were looking for, you will have to address the issue head on.
Just as conflict is necessary in the workplace and in life, so is anger. If a person is afraid of expressing their anger there are ways to do it that are less controversial. According to psychotherapist Beverly Engel of Psychology Today, "The most effective way of expressing this emotion is to translate it into clear, non-blaming statements that establish boundaries. These statements should contain two thoughts: the fact that you are angry and the reason why, and what you want the other person to do about it. A simplified form could be, 'I feel angry because________. I want you to ___________.' " (J. Salagubang, 2004) Avoiding blaming when expressing anger is often recommended as well.