The role of anger in the wake of tragedy
On April 15, spectators from around the world watched as two bombs exploded almost simultaneously at the 117th annual Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring over a hundred others. The event, which is currently under investigation by local and federal law enforcement officials, has sparked fear, compassion and anger across the country and around the world.
When faced with this sort of senseless violence – or other forms of tragedy that defy explanation – the flood of emotion can be overwhelming. However, as the heroic actions of runners, spectators and Boston residents who rushed to the aid of the fallen revealed on the day of the marathon, being able to put those almost-paralyzing sentiments aside for the good of others is perhaps the most useful skill you can have at this time.
Anger is a natural part of the grieving process – and there is no shame in expressing this sentiment in the face of tragedy or extreme duress. However, if you find it difficult to articulate your feelings, you may find yourself lashing out at those around you simply because you have no other way to release this pent up aggression.
The secret to effective anger management is not to repress this sentiment, but to identify its causes and how it may be influencing your actions. Our content-rich online anger management courses have been specifically developed to help individuals recognize their natural reactions to stress and conflict, and learn how to express these emotions without losing their capacity for rational action and thought. If you often find that you struggle in high-stress situations and are quick to lose your temper, try one of our online anger management classes for yourself.