JAN 19, 2017 12:00 PM PST

The Upside to Being Angry

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

We're often taught from the very beginning that it's not okay to lose control of our emotions. In particular, while showing glee or happiness is perfectly acceptable, showing anger or frustration is especially frowned upon. But psychologists now say that the often perceived as negative emotion of anger could actually be quite positive for your body and mind.

Accepting that you feel angry can be a powerful motivating force. Many times, people can channel their frustration to help push them towards a goal or desire. In addition, by being angry and acknowledging that something is unpleasant in our lives, we may open communication channels that would otherwise be closed. Used constructively, anger can improve relationships with others and with ourselves, as we gain more insight into exactly why we're unhappy. By contrast, suppressing the angry feelings may breed unhealthy resentment and tendencies that don't serve to move us further.

As with anything else in life, moderation is key. So while expressing anger and frustration may be totally healthy, remember that being angry all the time is typically associated with poor health.
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
You May Also Like
APR 08, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
APR 08, 2020
The Future of Battery in a Rear View Mirror
Currently electrochemical batteries is the front and center of energy storage, but their production often put a gre ...
APR 13, 2020
Plants & Animals
APR 13, 2020
Lion Cubs' Curiosity Sometimes Leads Them Right Into Danger
Most people have probably heard the popular idiom ‘the curiosity killed the cat’ at some point in their live ...
MAY 08, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
MAY 08, 2020
Scientists to Spiders: How Do You Handle Sticky (Nanofiber) Situation?
The term "biomimicry" describes the models and methods harnessed by scientists to imitate natural element ...
MAY 10, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAY 10, 2020
What Exactly Are Star Clusters?
When you think of stellar systems, you might be inclined to think of a system like our own with just one star, or perhap ...
MAY 12, 2020
Plants & Animals
MAY 12, 2020
It's Not a Choice - Cats Need Meat
While you or I might have the freedom of deciding between a carnivorous diet or going all out vegetarian, not all a ...
MAY 24, 2020
Plants & Animals
MAY 24, 2020
The Pistol Shrimp's Secret Weapon...
Pistol shrimp have a unique reputation as one of the ocean’s most intriguing crustaceans. Most are only about the ...
Loading Comments...