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Anger is temporary madness: the Stoics knew how to curb it - Massimo Pigliucci | Aeon Ideas

Seneca’ Stoic Guide To Anger Management

  • Practice preemptive meditation: decide ahead of time how to deal with angering things.
  • Check anger as soon as possible: waiting can lead to loss of control.
  • Associate with serene people: moods are infectious.
  • Engage in relaxing activities: A relaxed mind doesn’t get angry.
  • Seek environments with pleasing colors: external circumstances affect mood.
  • Avoid discussions when thirsty, hungry or tired: you will be more irritable, and prone to escalate into anger.
  • Use self-deprecating humor: counteracts anger in the self.
  • Practice cognitive distancing: delaying responses by doing other things allows you a breather from tension.
  • Calm your reactions: slow down your steps, lower the tone of your voice, impose on your body the demeanor of a calm person.
  • Be charitable toward others: it’s a path to good living.

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Seneca, Greek Philosopher

Seneca, Greek Philosopher

“Other vices affect our judgment, anger affects our sanity: others come in mild attacks and grow unnoticed, but men’s minds plunge abruptly into anger. … Its intensity is in no way regulated by its origin: for it rises to the greatest heights from the most trivial beginnings.”

Seneca’ Stoic Guide To Anger Management

  • Practice preemptive meditation: decide ahead of time how to deal with angering things.
  • Check anger as soon as possible: waiting can lead to loss of control.
  • Associate with serene people: moods are infectious.
  • Engage in relaxing activities: A relaxed mind doesn’t get angry.
  • Seek environments with pleasing colors: external circumstances affect mood.
  • Avoid discussions when thirsty, hungry or tired: you will be more irritable, and prone to escalate into anger.
  • Use self-deprecating humor: counteracts anger in the self.
  • Practice cognitive distancing: delaying responses by doing other things allows you a breather from tension.
  • Calm your reactions: slow down your steps, lower the tone of your voice, impose on your body the demeanor of a calm person.
  • Be charitable toward others: it’s a path to good living.

Epictetus, stoic philosopher

Epictetus, stoic philosopher

“Remember that it is we who torment, we who make difficulties for ourselves – that is, our opinions do. What, for instance, does it mean to be insulted? Stand by a rock and insult it, and what have you accomplished? If someone responds to insult like a rock, what has the abuser gained with his invective?”

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