The Upside of Anger

We often assume any expression of anger is negative and irrational. In fact, many believe we would be better off without anger as an emotion. However, more and more social and evolutionary psychologists, brain scientists, and mental health professionals are suggesting anger has valuable qualities and can be beneficial to the human condition.

In this Ted Talk, Ryan Martin, a psychologist, talks about how anger is there to tell us something important– and we should view it as a healthy force for good.

There are many benefits of anger: it helps us know when our boundaries have been crossed, that we need to protect ourselves from physical or emotional harm, alert us to our needs, and gives us energy to stand up for ourselves. When we listen and gain awareness about our anger it can help us respond instead of reacting. How we behave in regards to anger has the power to help us or create challenges for us and others.

If you would like support in understanding more about your anger and how it can help you, we are here to help. We can help you learn to respond instead of react with anger. To schedule an appointment with us, you can reach us at (512) 994-0432 or request an appointment on the Relationships Matter Austin Scheduling Page.