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Can anger help me deal with my pain?

Lisa Oz
Health Education

Anger is one of the most common and least productive ways in which we deal with our pain. Since it is such a strong emotion, it can mask many other less comfortable things we may be feeling - like fear, vulnerability, and heartache. It is also a way for us to project that pain onto others. On some warped subconscious level, we think that by passing the pain along, we are getting rid of it ourselves.

When we send negativity back in the form of punishment to those we think have offended us, we feel we have somehow restored order to the universe. This is just stupid. Emotional pain, in all its manifestations, does not diminish as it is spreads from one person to another. Like love, it increases by sharing with others, so hurting someone else to make yourself feel better never works.

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