The Nature of Anger
Anger is a normal emotion we all experience. Angry feelings alert us that something is wrong, energize us to take action, motivate us to address injustices, and help us meet our needs in many situations. In these ways, mild to moderate episodes of anger can be healthy.
Some people experience anger more often, more intensely, and for longer periods of time than others. This sort of anger proneness is associated with a number of health-related problems and may have an adverse impact on one's relationships, employment, and overall quality of life.
The manner in which we express anger can also lead to problems. Some people express anger explosively, insulting others, yelling, or throwing things. Others suppress their anger in unhealthy ways such as pouting or withdrawing in silence until it feels like they are boiling inside. These forms of anger expression tend to drive others away and may result in legal difficulties, failed relationships, poor evaluations and work, and the like.
Fortunately, help is available.