by Keith E Jackson, MA, MFT | Christian Author Award Winner 2015 |
Anger is a natural response in the human condition. That's why the Bible acknowledges that we will get angry from time to time. We are imperfect beings living in an imperfect world, so it's unavoidable. It is important to realize this. There are some people who think it is wrong to get angry, and try to suppress it. They feel guilt when they feel anger and condemn themselves.
We will feel anger and it's okay, but what do you do when it comes, is the question.
Do you allow yourself to express it in a constructive way or a destructive way. Do you allow it to build up inside of you until you explode? Do you have control over your anger, or does your anger to control you?
There are a few things you should know about anger. One, it is a secondary emotion. This means there is a primary emotion that causes anger. This is important to know.
If a person is just dealing with their anger without getting to the source of that anger, it's futile. It's like getting rid of weeds with a weed whipper. They will reappear. You have to get to the root of your anger.
The only way this can happen, is to recognize what primary emotion which caused you to get angry. The four primary emotions which cause anger are the following: fear, hurt, loss and frustration. So once you determine which of the four of these emotions are causing your anger, you then can articulate why you are angry to the offending party.
Finally it is of paramount of importance that you deal with your anger immediately. Don't allow it to fester within you. Because anger will turn into resentment and resentment will eventually turn into rage. That's when anger gets out of control, and bad things happen.
Keith E Jackson MFT, a Christian Author Award winner 2015, received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona. After graduating he played in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers. After his career ended in the NFL, he was employed with the San Diego County Probation and Sheriff’s department for 28 years. After retiring from the Sheriff’s Department he received his Master’s Degree in counseling Psychology from Southern California Bible College and Seminary. He is currently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. He is also the founder of One Last Chance outreach, which provides biblically based counseling in Portland, Oregon.
For more information please go the his website under
One Last Chance - Biblical Counseling Service
or his daily motivational blog, Words of Empowerment
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