The subject is forgiveness. A hindrance to forgiving is anger, more specifically unresolved anger. It needs to be noted that anger in and of it self is not bad. Said again, being angry is not a bad thing; actually it is a great protection mechanism for the body (think pressure cooker). There’s certain truth to the old adage ” lettin’ off steam”. If the pressure cooker could not vent it would explode.
Although this not meant to be a religious forum, it is worth while to point out that the Bible states ” be angry and sin not”. Anger is an emotion (one of the many we experience in life). It is what we do with the anger that is at issue.
There are two words that have a negative impact on the expression of anger and they are repression and suppression. The dictionary defines repression as “…restrain; keep under…” and of suppression it is defined as ” prevent (information,feelings,or reaction) from being heard or known…” Anger, then should never be kept under. It is not healthy to restrain or prevent the expression of anger.
This may sound strange and even wrong. However, the expression (venting) of anger is vital to sustained mental and physical health. The crucial point is how: the manner of that expression; and when: the timing of that expression. In the next post we will look at healthy ways of venting anger looking at the manner and timing of expressing this natural emotion.
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