“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” Gandhi
Anger is a signal that something is not the way we believe it should be. And sometimes that anger is triggered by and focused on injustice. The victims of injustice may be ourselves, someone else, or a collective wrong inflicted on a particular group of people or, more globally (literally), on humankind. Anger over injustice can be a catalyst for:
- many social and civil rights movements – people of color, women, the LGBTQ community
- leaving a job with a toxic work environment
- speaking up and speaking out about abuse – physical, mental/emotional, sexual
- the Paris Accord on climate change
The positive side of anger is the action it can trigger, the force for good it can become if channeled constructively, and the sense of purpose it can create or awaken.
Are you making the most of your anger?
Take Time to Ponder:
- “The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.” – Edward Abbey
- Psychology of Anger
- TED Talk: How to Make Peace? Get Angry by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi
(Personal Insight MD, LLC, PeopleTweaker, and Insight MD does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you are feeling extreme anger with thoughts and actions harmful to yourself or others such as physical/verbal abuse or acts of violence, find yourself self-medicating with alcohol, illicit drugs, etc., expressing your anger in such a way that threaten relationships or your job, etc. seek professional help immediately and call 911 if necessary if you find yourself in an out-of-control situation or have the urge to hurt yourself or others.)