Anger In A Pressure Cooker

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.

Please feel free to click on the the “comment” box below to leave remarks.  See you at my next post and until then, have a great day.


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7 Responses to Anger In A Pressure Cooker

  1. LaBrenda Davidson Fitzgeralld says:

    This is so true….You know..Pastor Sam has been speaking on this subject for a long time…
    FORGIVENESS is a heavy topic that I find myself not doing–as that is forgiving…others for past hurts….

    What we do is pray…leave it alone..and keep it moving…

  2. Keli Edwards says:

    I truly believe in letting off steam! I have come to realize that holding back for the benefit of others does not benefit me. It is bad for your physical and mental health. I guess I will have to tune in next time for the healthy ways of letting off steam, info that I really need.

  3. ES says:

    Heavy topic. Gave me something to think about

  4. Shawanna says:

    This is so true. If i don’t show that iam angery about something it does me worse than good. So i have to let it out and let it be known that i did not like what was done so that it want happen again.

  5. Samuel Hampton says:

    This is an on time subject due to heavy domestic violence in our communities and especially now in our young people. I will be looking for the next article.

  6. Be angry and sin not arr such wise words. Some of my favorite in the Bible, in fact, since it acknowledges that it is human and okay to feel anger, but it reminds us that we must be responsible for our actions, despite our angry feelings. Lately, I am trying to express my anger through blogging, which feels so much better than represing or suppressing it!

  7. PonfiftPole says:

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!


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