Monday, July 10, 2006

Anger - The Enemy Within

Anger - The Enemy Within
Anger is perhaps the worst emotion man experiences in life. It can be very devastating not only for the perpetrator but also for the victim. There are plenty of instances of happily-married couples separating, persons trusted for years in office kicking jobs or children severing relationship permanently with parents - all happening because anger suddenly erupted like a dormant volcano. From debris, as one attempts to reconstruct the catastrophe the way it happened, the verdict invariably raises a finger at human failure to rein in anger. Anger is a reaction of the mind which takes place when it does not get what it expects.The feelings of disappontments find an outlet to escape through expression of anger. Psychologists are of the opinion that getting angry occasionally in an appropriate manner may not be after all so undesirable. Aristotle said "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 is not within everybody’s power and is not easy." Anger is thought to have a negative impact on the body because it raises the level of stress hormones, which damage the lining of blood vessels. If one can learn to laugh at one's frustrations instead of getting angry, it may make life more healthy and long. Thus, one finds wisdom in an old proverb - "True tolerance is to tolerate the intolerable". It implores man to accept what he cannot change or control and thereby keep anger in fetters.

1 comment:

Satish said...

The whole world watched in dismay and disbelief on Sunday what uncontrolled anger could do. The hero of French football had to leave uncerimoniously at the crucial moment of World Cup Final match for headbutting his rival Materazzi of Italy and thus sealing the fate of France to be the Champion. He is undoubtedly a genious; yet anger - the enemy within failed him and turned out a villian of him.