Another’s stupidity or angry ranting always pushes you to raise your voice and fight back; but fighting angry yelling by yelling back never works. Never.
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Emotional fitness thoughts and tips
We are told to “Let it all out.” Not good unless done the way Aristotle suggests in his famous quote: “Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”
What to do? The following three tips are based on both the wisdom of the aging and the most current research about how to follow Aristotle’s advice:
Emotional Fitness Tip One: The angrier you or another are, the more important to respond softly and with compassion. Anger always covers hurt or fear. Always. Responding to the hurt or fear diminishes anger and makes finding a solutions more likely. When that seems impossible, take a time out.
If a time out is not possible, such as, when a boss is ranting at you; listen without responding except to say “Yes” when you can agree.
Emotional Fitness Tip Two: Strong self-soothing skills make soft and compassionate responses more possible. Try this one:
Such exercises only work if practiced diligently and at first when not angry. EFTI’s self-soothing exercises are designed to be practiced quickly so they can be put into play over and over again each day. Go here to learn four of the easiest.
Emotional Fitness Tip Three: Stay safe. Know how to defend yourself if physical attack seems likely. If I could wave a magic want over our educational system, it would be to include Peace Dojos teaching conflict resolution and self-defense as required courses beginning in kindergarten. Many colleges require passing a swimming tests in order to graduate. I would like all high school graduates and GED holders to be required to have a certificate of accomplishment from a Peace Dojo before moving on to college.
Remember what matters: view anger as a signal something is wrong. Start with yourself.
As most of what makes us angry starts in our feelings about ourselves, ask “What is hurting me.”
Are you jealous? Jealousy is a major source of world violence and that includes jealousy of those who seem smarter, happier, or in almost anyway better than we feel we are.
Then there is fear we might become like someone not valued by others: think of anorexia, homophobia not to mention not wanting to be over 30.
Being a sinner or seen as a sinner is part of this type of fear. This fear or worry is part of religious divides. But is also part of each person’s personal idea about what is moral behavior.
For the religious fear of sinning can lead to fanaticism, but also to failed efforts to stay good. Wonder why sometimes the most religious fall from grace? Think of priests, ministers, or rabbis who commit adultery or worse abuse children. Knowing their darker sides, they tried to stay strong thought faith, but failed.
Also, remember we all want to be in control. We believe our fate is in our hands, particularly in Western culture that constantly tells us “Just do it,” or “Follow your dream.” Fact: We do not control all. When our control is threatened, our anger grows.
The failure of control is part of our righteous indignation when we see an obvious injustice.
Another question to ask yourself when angry, particularly about what you see as an injustice against another is to ask youself who you “identify with.” Who grabs your heartthe most.
These are the questions one must also think about when anger is growing in another. Some when seeing an underlying cause of another’s anger are tempted to speak about that. Don’t. Instead, wait until the person’s ranting and anger seems to be cooling down a bit. Then ask, “What can I do to help?”
I hope all the above helps you deal better with anger. If so, think of sharing it with someone who can make good use of it and who will not feel you are attacking them.
As always for all you do, thank you.
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LINKS OF INTEREST
- What is a peace dojo (aiki-extensions.org)
- Move like a ghost – a self defense tool (ninjaselfdefense.com)
- The Deconstruction of Reality (transparencynow.com)
- 12 Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises (emotionalfitnesstraining.com)
- Emotional Intelligence (en.wikipedia.org)
Word Press Daily post prompt
This DAILY POST Prompt inspired this blog post: Discussion Enders; We’ve all had exchanges where we came up with the perfect reply — ten minutes too late. Write down one of those, but this time, make sure to sign off with your grand slam (unused) zinger.
My response? Zingers only fuel anger and there is too much anger and too mucn taking even petty revenge by zinging someone.