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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Why Am I So Angry?

If this is not a question people are asking themselves, it ought to be! I see so many angry people. Can we explore this from a non-professional psychological point of view?

Each of us has a level of anxiety which we live with. Some people can relieve their anxieties with exercise or meditation. They release these anxieties so that their level of anxiety remains low during the day. It takes a lot to get them angry. 

Other people deceive us with their apparently calm natures. They are really anxious but create a facade of calm which gives no indication of the volcano brewing just under their skin. They are collectors of anxieties. They eventually blow. It is usually severe. All of their anxiety erupts at once. No one will see this one coming. They don't even know it is coming. They think they can handle all of their anxieties by themselves.

Still others stay at a high level of anxiety and blow up continually. They are angry with everything that happens. People are very careful what they say or do around these people. It seems that anything will set them off. 

Let's say it takes ten points on an anxiety scale to make a person extremely angry. Let's also agree that most people can look relatively calm when their scale is at a six. Life throws anxieties at us all the time. We can operate rationally if we are operating on a scale of one and life gives us stressful situation which will make our anxiety level go up five points. However, we will not be able to do so if we are operating on a six and we get the same stressful situation for it will make us go past the extremely angry level.

Some people seem to be operating on an eight. They go ballistic when getting behind someone who is talking on their phone and driving ten miles an hour below the speed limit. This minor anxiety producer should only provide a three point rise in their anxiety level. However, three points will put this person over the extremely angry line.

I believe in exercise and I know its benefit for relieving anxiety. However, I don't believe it is enough to relieve all anxiety. I believe there is a more complete solution.

The Bible tells us to pray when we are anxious. It will relieve anxiety.

Tomorrow I will explain how that works.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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