Responding to Anger

This Mother’s Soothing Reaction to Her Son’s Fit of Rage Can Teach Us All a Lesson in Parenting.

After reading that article that a colleague posted, I felt very moved. What an amazing ability that mother had to pause and collect herself before reacting.

Anger is a powerful emotion. Many times, people tend to have the misconception that we are supposed to not be angry, suppress the anger, hide it. But, why do we have anger then? Anger serves a purpose. We’re meant to have it. So what do we do with it?

Anger can drive us to do things differently, anger can show us our beliefs, anger can help define our expectations, and it can protect us in some ways.

Look underneath the anger, what’s driving it? Are you feeling hurt? sad? disappointed? lonely? embarrassed? Step into that discomfort, seek out your vulnerability, respond accordingly in a way that will strengthen the relationship or improve the situation.

 

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