The popular world sentiment links anger with negative emotions similar to fury and rage. It is an undesirable behavior that causes distress and guilt. Yet in a society aware of the wrath of anger, it is so commonly seen within all of us. Almost everyone gets angry at some point in their life. However, not everyone feels anger in the same way.
People who are the most emotionally vulnerable are also the ones to experience anger deeply. Besides, suffering from it is similar to enduring physical pain.
But can anger only have negative consequences? We will dwell on the pros and cons of anger in a much more detailed manner below.
The Dangers of Anger
Anger is a dangerously powerful emotion that itself can bring about various other negative emotions within us like fear, disgust, and rage. So, yes, it is an unhealthy and lethal emotion a person can experience. Nevertheless, one must understand that anger, in the first place, is present everywhere. But, it’s levels can vary from person to person- between a scale from a tiny particle of sand to a mountain with a high peak.
Being angry can be an exhausting process as it drains a lot of energy out of our system. Besides, it can be damaging to our confidence and self-image. Anger can also tamper with our self-esteem temporarily or permanently (if not taken proper care of).
It can also harm a person physically. Frequent bouts of anger create adrenaline rush, increasing the heartbeat. It forces into the fight or flight mode- which can be quite dangerous in our stressful environment. In the long run, these frequent anxieties can cause higher blood pressure, heart, and other major organ diseases.
The Perks of Anger
Though society has a pessimistic association with anger, it can sometimes bring about the best qualities within a person. For that to happen, one must channel their anger in a positive direction- to turn the chaotic emotion into a self-fulfilling constructive one- likely through meditation.
Apart from directing anger into positive energy, displaying it can sometimes be essential in our daily life. For example, unfairness and injustice are rampant in our society. When people are forced to accept the unjust system, they feel powerless and angry. In such situations, voicing anger over the wrongness can often bring about radical changes in the system (as the history suggests). So, expressing anger in the correct context can be regarded as an act of bravery.
On a similar note, a bullied person can get angry for being mistreated. Voicing anger, in this case, can be necessary for safeguarding their self-esteem. Similarly, a calm person, when taken for granted for their quiet demeanor, can become frustrated and burst into anger in the future. These outbursts can be necessary for restoring their mental stability and self-worth.
Is Anger Right or Wrong?
Research shows everyone feels anger at some point in their life. What distinguishes one person from the other is how they react to it individually. In short, anger is a litmus test for self-control. The reaction to it can be knee-jerk or composed.
Though refusing to accept injustice within the system is a bold and appreciative move, parading anger in many situations is useless, dangerous, and even self-deprecating. Let us assume- your boss creates problems in your workplace and you are financially dependent on him, the best option there is to remain calm and reassess your options later at your home. Similarly, you must understand externalizing anger in every situation can unnecessarily bring strain to your work and personal relations.
Having said that, if you feel you have the power to bring a positive change, you must do everything to let the other party hear your dissent respectfully. One must always be aware to express anger politely. But, not at the expense of its other destructive cousin-emotions like disgust and rage backing it.