What is Anger?
(Anger, n.d.) defined anger as a noun, “meaning a feeling of displeasure resulting from injury, mistreatment, opposition, and usually showing itself in a desire to fight back at the supposed cause of this feeling”. (Webster’s New World Dictionary)
The classic psychodynamic model views depression as a form of anger turned inward against the internal representation of a lost love object (Nevid, Rathus, & Greene, 1997, p. 283).
The Sutta-pitaka in Theravada Buddhist tradition defines anger as, “the individual’s mind being fraught with discomfort, revengefulness, and destruction, and also caused by the fear of losing loved ones or objects” (Ariyabuddhiphongs, 2014, p. 57)
In traditional Buddhist teachings it is one of the three poisons and synonymous with hatred or aggression (The Dalai Lama, 1999; Trungpa, 2005).
• A primary and/or secondary emotion
• A natural survival response to threat
• Expression (by reacting)
• Expression (by responding)
Signs of Manifestation
• Withdrawal/Avoidance Tendencies
• Passive Aggression
• People Pleasing
• Mood and Mental Disorders
• Aggression (mental, emotional, physical, sexual)
• Abuse (mental, emotional, physical, sexual)
Unresolved anger results in aggression. Aggression can be directed outward or inward, and can look in many forms. Characteristically, the world views anger in its more observable forms, such as outward aggression and violence; however, anger affects the world at a much deeper and systemic level than many might imagine. It accounts for disease and harm to self and/or others and often contributes to the top 10 leading causes of death in America. It affects every one of us. It can be loud, quiet, visible or invisible.
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