- Psychology & the public
- What we do
- Member networks
- Careers, education & training
Take a detatched view of your own anger
People feeling themselves getting angry should try to 'self-distance' themselves from the situation in order to quell their aggression. This is the suggestion of new research from Ohio State University, which found the simple strategy - in which individuals pretend to view the scene from a distance - helps them to try and understand their feelings.
In this way, adults are able to act as an observer in a stressful scenario as opposed to a participant.
Dominik Mischkowski, a graduate student in psychology at the learning institute, noted people should try to see themselves in such situations in much the same way as a fly on the wall might.
Mr Mischkowski noted: "The secret is to not get immersed in your own anger and, instead, have a more detached view."
According to the authors, the study is the first to indicate self-distancing can be an effective approach in the heat of the moment, when tempers are running at their highest.
Clinical Psychologist and Nutritional Advisor Dr Funke Baffour, a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, commented: "Anger is natural emotion. However, people can develop negative coping strategies that can be physically and emotionally unhealthy.
"It is how an individual manages their reaction to an episode of anger that should be the focal point. What makes a person angry is not necessarily the actual event but the perceptions an individual may hold.
"Therefore a strategy that focuses on how an individual can change their perception would be key to any anger management intervention."
- Most Read
- Most Comments