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anger. Many of us are taught at an early age to bury our anger inside, where it causes stress, both emotionally and physically. For example, in grade school, children have to stay after class or are sent to the principle when they express feelings of anger. Poorly managed anger is the cause of many serious physical, social and emotional problems, form heart disease to neighborhood violence. The Institute for Mental Health Initiatives (IMHI) believes that by teaching people the skills to manage their anger constructively, they will become empowered with the ability to understand their own and other?s feelings and resolve conflict in a non-violent manner. The IMHI believes the best way to achieve this goal is to train teachers, counselors, social workers, health professional,

community leaders and others in constructive anger management skills so that they can help others by conducting workshops in their own settings. (3) Anger is not physically healthy. Bottled up, it can lead to drug-induced escapism or to ignorance of our surroundings. Venting anger carelessly can also be dangerous. It is no wonder that anger has been viewed as negative. Since we live in a stressful society, we have no choice but to find ways of venting anger positively. East Asian religion has given the West meditation, which is known to slow the heartbeat and calm the nerves. Other Eastern techniques of reducing stress include acupuncture, and the Japanese bathhouse. In the United States we have psychology, also, a number of exercises have been developed to control and eventually

reduce stress and anger. One basic technique is called deep breathing: Lie down on your back, placing one hand on your chest and another on your abdomen. Take deep breaths, inhaling slowly through the nose. Feel the abdomen raise and scan the body for tension. Let the tension go as you encounter it. After five to ten minutes the body is less tense. It is suggested that this exercise be done once or twice a day for two to three weeks to get useful results. (4) Redford Williams, a professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and co-author of Anger Kills, has spent more than 20 years studying the impact of the mind and emotions on health. Dr. Williams believes that when normal people are faced with everyday anger, annoyance, irritation, and frustration- and their

immediate impulse is to commonly blame somebody or something, sparking fury toward the offender manifesting itself in aggressive action, then getting angry is like taking a small dose of slow-acting poison. According to a study of more than 1,000 people at a Western Electric Factory in Chicago, over a 25 year period, those with high hostility scores were at high risk of dying from coronary disease as well as cancer. There is evidence that the immune system may be weaker in hostile people, according to Dr. Williams. Long-term anger with no forgiveness is deadly. Long term anger can lead to carrying a grudge, which in turn hurts the person harboring the grudge more than the person or object whom the grudge is directed. Hostility can also lead to heart disease and other

life-threatening illnesses. (3) Of course, if a particular issue is a thorn in one?s side, it may be best to lash out at the threat. Wisdom is knowing when to lash out. Meditation and its cousin, deep breathing are two methods of contemplation, which Albert Bernstein, the author of Dinosaur Brains, calls using the cortex. If we are aware of the oncoming anger, we can vent it positively with these tools. If we are unconscious that we are angry, then there is no way of controlling our externalization of the anger. Albert Bernstein also describes how our brains are constructed quite a bit like those of dinosaurs. We conceptualize more abstract threats such as a coworker moving in on our territory. (5) This sort of anger seems frivolous, but exists because we view reality the way we

want. We perceive what is not truly harmful as threatening. Unfortunately, we are too often unconscious of our own anger. Dr. Hendrie Weisinger, in his book Anger at Work, explains that people often have powerful emotional reactions to others, yet are at a loss to explain just why they respond as they did. Plenty of thinking goes on low frequency… an almost subconscious level. (6) Regardless of how we may try to be rational, we detect subtle indicators of our peers? moods. We often react to people based on these subtle indicators that we receive of them. If we ignore the fact that much of our emotion originates from this unconsciousness, then we cannot control it via our more rational cortex. Relaxation techniques allow our brain to process emotions, so that we can deal with