Yesterday, I wrote about anger, and, in particular, how trying to “let go” of anger doesn’t really work—and can even backfire. Which begs the question: All right, then, what should a person do when they’re angry? Let it fester? Vent it to anyone who’ll listen? Plot revenge?
If these all sound like terrible ideas, it’s because they are. But there are easy, effective steps you can take can take to help you work through anger, get perspective on it, and eventually set it aside, and all they require is a pen.
I’m talking about writing, of course, but let me make one thing very clear: What I’m absolutely not advocating is either writing to the person you’re angry at or writing about the event that made you angry. If you think an irate email or an enraged journal entry is going to help you deal with your anger, think again. Generally, all that kind of writing does is remind you of how hurt you are and how justified your outrage is. It just pumps your anger up.
The key to writing about anger effectively is to do it in a way that doesn’t inflate your rage, but transforms it. There are several simple techniques I use myself and teach others. Go to the Writing as a Sacred Path Blog to read about them.
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