Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IN re­cent news of do­mes­tic and street vi­o­lence, the role of anger seems to be a miss­ing in­gre­di­ent.

Re­cur­rent episodes of vi­o­lence (ver­bal and phys­i­cal) sug­gest that it takes a lot of de­ter­mi­na­tion to end anger.

Learn­ing about re­leas­ing judg- ments and what trig­gers anger in one­self and oth­ers can help.

Be­cause emo­tions are felt first in our bod­ies, we get a warn­ing and then have the choice to be an­gry or not.

Phys­i­cal symp­toms such as sweaty palms, pound­ing head, ac­cel­er­ated heart rate, a beet red face and stiff­en­ing joints can sig­nal that anger is rear­ing its ugly head.

Sim­ple meth­ods such as af­fir­ma­tions, hon­est and open dis­cus­sion, med­i­ta­tion (I de­serve love be­cause I am), prayer, tak­ing a walk and/or pound­ing a punch­ing bag may bring re­lief.

If needed, there is pro­fes­sional coun­selling and spir­i­tual guid­ance or we may find that anger is hid­ing the very thing we need to be happy, suc­cess­ful or free.

Peo­ple cre­ate ev­ery­thing in their lives, so no blame can be at­tached to oth­ers for how we re­act to them. CAROL ROE, Man­ning.

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