Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A quick thought

Two weeks ago at small group, one of the fellows (who happens to be a psychiatrist) in the group shared this definition of anger:  "Anger is being upset that you didn't get your way."  I thought that was very insightful and definitely worth pondering.

I also think that definition could be expanded.  Being irritable or frustrated is also being upset that you didn't get your way.  As a society, we make distinctions between the three--anger, frustration, and irritability--as if to diminish or rationalize our right to feel that way (depending on the situation and who we're talking to).  This definition really made me think about how justified--or rather that I'm actually unjustified in feeling these three emotions at times.

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