The Upside of Anger: 6 Psychological Benefits of Getting Mad

Posted on January 21, 2016

1) Anger Is A Motivating Force - In actual fact, anger itself is a kind of positive energy and a powerful motivating force. According to research, anger can make us push on towards our goals in the face of problems and barriers. Constructive anger can make you feel strong and powerful and help push you on to get what you want.

2) Angry People Are More Optimistic - An example : A study of fear of terrorism carried out in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In this study those experiencing anger expected fewer attacks in the future. In contrast those experiencing more fear were more pessimistic about the future and expected further attacks.

3) Anger Can Benefit Relationships - Anger is a natural reaction when you have been wronged by someone and it is a way to communicate that form of injustice. In research conducted, it has been proven that hiding anger in intimate relationships can be detrimental.

4) Anger Provides Self-Insight - If we able to notice when we get angry and why, then we can learn what to do to improve our lives. Anger can motivate self-change.

5) Anger Reduces Violence - Although anger often precedes violence, it could also reduce violence. This serves as a strong signal that something is terribly wrong, and the other party would placate the angry party.

6) Anger As A Negotiation Strategy - Anger could be a legitimate way to get what you want. However, it is more complicated than that. You can’t just lose your rag and expect to win everything you want.

Anger can reduce violence, benefit relationships, promote optimism and be a useful motivating force, but it can just as easily be destructive - making this the beauty of emotions.

Category(s):Anger Management

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