Myth Of Anger Essay

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Therapists have seen many years of progressive and ever changing rules regarding proper ways to deal with emotions. These emotions range from happiness to extreme sadness to anger. A very prominent myth that almost everyone has heard is “It’s better to express anger to others than to hold it in” (Lilienfeld 147). For clarity’s sake, Scott Lilienfeld, Steven Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry Beyerstein intended this to mean that violently expressing anger is worse. Anger is a very delicate and strong emotion that has a very strong influence over millions of people. As discussed in “50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology,” aggressively displaying anger has shown to be worse than channeling it in a constructive and calm manner. Many people continue…show more content…
People take the word of broadcasters as gospel, no longer seeking the help of professionals. There are plenty of explosive characters in movies and shows, and people find a way to relate with them. They believe that by blowing up over their anger will result similarly to the falsity portrayed by television. Lastly, Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc Reasoning is a major factor in why people believe that aggressively displaying anger is useful. “People often mistakenly attribute the fact that they feel better after they express anger to catharsis, rather than to the fact that anger usually subsides on its own after a while.” (Lilienfeld 151) This quote from “50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology” accurately captures the misconception that is commonly faced with this myth. Correlation does not equal causation, and this is something that people often forget. If people knew that this ‘fact’ was actually a myth, it could save relationships, marriages, families, and lives. Dealing with anger in a level headed manner is crucial to developing a better sense of control over said anger issue. There have been many studies conducted to evaluate anger management; Art Markman PhD. analyzed a social experiment that placed people in situations that would anger them and then allowed half to punch something and the other half to do nothing. The results are as
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