Flying Okie asked this excellent question this morning:
“I see many posts about ways to let your anger out and releasing anger. I was just curious if there are any ways to prevent anger? Does anyone have any tips on how to not let things get the better of you?”
Anger is our physical attack. When you vent anger on someone or at someone, you are attacking them. Their response will be to defend themselves, using either ‘fight or flight.’ Attacking someone, just because you’re in a snit, only injures relationships – it doesn’t build them. It’s far, far better to deal with your own anger, and get to the point where you master it as soon as it appears, which will eventually lead to you dealing with your fears that were causing your anger in the first place. At that point, you won’t experience anger much at all.
There are so many ways to prevent anger. The emotion that triggers anger is fear. The best, and maybe hardest, tactic to prevent anger is to find the fear that is triggering your anger in that instant.
95% of the time, when you are angry with someone, the fear is “you are fighting them for position in the pack.” You want to prove that you are stronger, physically, emotionally, mentally, than they are. Let go of that need. You are who you are. They are who they are. Let others be themselves, have their reactions, have their opinions and judgements without you ‘knowing better.’ When you let go of ‘knowing better’ how they should act, think, feel — how they should ‘BE’ you’ll find yourself calm so much more of the time.
Just takes practice.
Enjoy working with it!
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