Written by Kittyn1971
09 November 2009
How to Stop Losing Your Life to Anger
ADDICTED TO ANGER
by Newton Hightower
Are you addicted to anger?
In the mid-1980s John Bradshaw,
author of Healing the Shame That Binds You, wrote about "rageaholics,"
those of us who are addicted to anger and rage. The model made sense to
me. I worked with rageful drug addicts and I began to think of anger as if
it were a drug. As I did more reading, I found that there actually are
biochemical changes in our bodies when we rage, use profanity or pound
things. Those of us who rage a lot have more health problems than people
who practice containing their anger. The popular psychological theories
that suggested a need to express anger for mental and physical health
reasons have been proven false when put under the microscope of scientific
research. The more we scream and yell, the worse our health gets, the more
prone we are to heart attacks and the worse our rage problem becomes.