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"Anger is said by the sages to be "a short madness" that carries the mind away and can be many times more hurtful than the injury that caused it.

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"Anger is said by the sages to be "a short madness" that carries the mind away and can be many times more hurtful than the injury that caused it. But other sages say "noble anger" makes any coward brave and brings back..... strength." This, quoted from the book, accurately describes the depiction of anger from the human experience. Anger is a universal behavior, with similar facial expressions and feeling throughout every human culture. Whether anger is personally perceived as "a creator of more hurtful reaction than the initial injury that caused it," or as "a state which makes any coward brave and brings back strength," all relates to the personal method one has in dealing with anger itself. ...read more.

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Ventilation may also cause retaliation by the opposite party. Ebbe Ebbesen saw this when they interviewed 100 frustrated engineers and technicians just laid off by an aerospace company. Some were asked questions the released hostility, such as, "What instances can you think of where the company has not been fair with you?" Later when this group filled out a questionnaire to see if the anger had "drained," Ebb found that, compared to those workers that had not vented their anger, those who had exhibited more hostility. Although ventilation of anger is quite a popular concept in western society, it may have damaging social and emotional effects. Suppression of anger, on the other hand, can be equally damaging. ...read more.

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Anger should be taken on a case-by-case basis, where trivial events are sorted for personal attacks. "Blowing off steam," as quoted from many kindergarten teachers, is a great way to give yourself time to stabilize you emotion driven thoughts to a place where they can make these distinctions. Solely based on the fact that human culture is a highly interdependent thing, where individuals interact continuously with each other, I would say that anger suppression is the best immediate expression of anger. If, in time, the event still probes one's emotions, she will than be in a proper state of mind to express, or "ventilate" her anger without the lasting damage or guilt that would be caused by immediate ventilation. Perhaps this is why so many parents, elementary teachers and sports organizations buy into the idea of "Time-Outs." Time-Out Vicki Young Psychology-5 4/21/02 ...read more.

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