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Anger is an emotion, while aggression is a behavior. They differ entirely in one central dimension - control.
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Most people assume they should manage their anger, but trying to control their anger only makes it stronger. When they fail:
It is misleading to think of anger as a negative emotion. A hot pan on the stove isn’t bad or negative just because it leads to you feeling pain when you accidentally rest your thumb on it. It is a good thing because it alerts your body to a dangerous situation.
Anger leads us to poor decisions, regrettable behavior, or hurt feelings. However, some anger leads to more significant consequences, like strained relationships or legal trouble.
"You have to express your anger to release it" is a myth. Research shows that expressing your anger only makes it stronger. Turning away from it by doing nothing or distracting yourself leads to less intense anger.
While you can't control your emotions of anger directly, you have control over your aggression, which is a decision to express your anger.
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