I am taking a break from this series for the next three to four weeks as my husband and I prepare for our vacation. I will be, however, posting inspirational stories every couple of days. This is the first in that series.
I found this account interesting. The world concludes that displays of anger are not good for us.
For years, psychology gurus have recommended blowing off steam when you’re angry — as long as no one is harmed. We’ve been told that hitting a punching bag or throwing our fist into a pillow will help alleviate the tension.
Well, new research indicates that the opposite effect may occur. Your quick-release steam valve may actually increase your anger.
In a study conducted by psychologists from Iowa State University and Case Western Reserve, 700 college students who were insulted by an unseen partner, were placed in a situation where they could direct a blast of noise at the person they believe insulted them.
The control group tried to let off steam by hitting a punching bag for two minutes. It didn’t matter. In fact, their responses became even more angry. The findings were reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
I am convinced the best way to reduce anger is to take a few deep breaths and let negative feelings dissipate slowly. Blowing your top — even if no one hears you — is tough on your nervous system.
The Bible has much to say about anger.
~Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
~Proverbs 22:8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
~Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
~Colossians 3:8-10 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
The born-again believer should be a shining example to the unsaved world. Can you imagine if every believer controlled his anger? What a testimony that would be!