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Synopsis: In this round you will read my Research Rewind, see one of those really great moral of story commercials below (I promise, this one won't make you cry) and researching into these topics made by you, the community:  

Inquiry Question: How can anger be transformed to become a positive emotion?

Let's begin the rewind! There are many ways one can approach anger and how to deal with it. One key thing is outlined as all other aspects of life needs: 

The R.E.L.A.X. concept brings upon the ideas of things to do when anger is occurring. While the word itself, relax, is the key idea, there are other aspects within this (1)

  • R is to Recognize your anger signals.
  • E is to Empathize by seeing the other person's point of view.
  • L is to Listen and really hear what the person is saying.
  • A is to Accept that the other person's anger is not about you.
  • X is to X out the past, and keep it in the present

The second option is the turtle method (2) which is designed for a younger audience but in essence can apply to all of us. 

It is illustrated below here. Step 1 is the situation now comes into play. Step 2 is to pause. Step 3 is to take your time and think. Step 4 is to proceed with a solution to the problem. (2) In a sense, you could almost apply the RELAX method in conjunction with this one! 

Next, its the concept of the psychology perspective and scientific perspective comes into play. The understanding of this complex but basic emotion that resides in all of us. 
Library of Congress government website article mentions the differentiation feeling and emotions. Feeling is a perception of all changes happening in a body. Emotions are the opposite, the ones that comes out unconsciously. (3) (4) 

According to R. Firestone Ph.D, he writes that "anger is a universal human phenomenon." It can be a nuisance and cause problems in people's lives. Key word is universal- meaning it's shared by all of us. It's part of a normal process that is a response to a stress or problem in which sometimes works but may back fire. (5) (6) 

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Now we look upon the question: Why do we make rough decisions when angry? 

Harvard Business Review talks about people who are angered takes cognitive shortcuts rather than reasoning with a logical thought process. (8) What this means is that one makes a decision based on feelings than what would be even more option. 
Research has found that anger based messages are convincing (7) which makes it prone for one to choose an option. 

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Through past research, it's been shown in many cases that anger is a negative. However, how it could be positive may be the shift in the mindset. A drive could be born from a certain angering event. It can be seen as positive, a good thing, when it's viewed that when you are angry, you make a more spontaneous and faster cognitive judgement that leads to action. (7)
Where situations needs a fast reaction, it may resolve some problem where speed is the need. I suggest reading Source 7 which further describes the emotion of anger and the impacts as well as it discusses how anger is negative and positive. 

Physiological happenings when anger is occurring: 

Breath rate increases which has relation to arteries pressures are also increased. Pupils would dilate and hands may be clenched. (10)  The right hippocampus, the amygdala, both sides of the prefrontal cortex and the insular cortex are also activated in the brain (9) 

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The question of how anger differs when you mature. Logically, it leads back to the first point mentioned at the start. Practice.
Over a period of time, the amount of practice, or experience, increases. How one may respond when anger related issues rise can be toned down due to knowledge in how to react. 
It is found that anger frequency is found less evident in older ages. It is important to note that the discussion aspect of this question needs further testing for higher accuracy. The reasons raised is due to the diversity in cultural, gender, genetics, and more which influences the results (11)

Lastly, here is one of those touching commercials that delivers a great message, moral story for the story aspect. It brings up a rough version of how to approach anger. (Don't worry. If you know these commercials that make you cry, this one won't) 


  1. https://joe.org/joe/2016october/pdf/JOE_v54_5a3.pdf (Journal)
  2. http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/m...module2/handout7.pdf (Vanderbilt University) 
  3. https://www.loc.gov/loc/brain/emotion/Damasio.html (A university Ph.D professor in U. of Iowa) 
  4. https://neurosciencenews.com/c...ons-psychology-6117/ 
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5681963/ 
  6. https://www.psychologytoday.co...le-truth-about-anger
  7. http://scholar.harvard.edu/fil...ecision_making_0.pdf 
  8. https://hbr.org/2010/09/how-an...sons-decision-making (Harvard Business Review article)
  9. http://www.neurologytimes.com/...n-processes-emotions
  10. https://extension.illinois.edu...yworks/anger-01.html 
  11. https://trace.tennessee.edu/cg...context=utk_nurspubs (University of Tennessee publishing, reviewed) 

Got thoughts, ideas, opinions or something to say?   Comment away! I will reply!

This is my last round for this topic! Metamorphosis will be my next post.


That's it! I look forward to your research as well! Thanks for reading! 



Thanks for reading!

See you there! 

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 Hi Jim! 

 The idea of transforming anger into a positive emotion is mind-boggling. I find it really cool that you chose this as your question.

 I really liked how you explained all the physical traits that are brought out when people are angry - those traits may not always be noticeable but they're definitely important ways of telling if someone is angry. I definitely feel my breathing rate increases when I'm angry, as well, I tend to get a bit of a headache, which may be due to the pressure in the arteries you were talking about. So this was a cool way for me to learn about myself a little too! 

 The R.E.L.A.X. method is very important. I find it's very helpful to have acronyms and steps like that as coping mechanisms, for both children and adults. I also liked how you explained that anger changes with maturity, I can definitely recognize that I'm much calmer now than I was in, say, grade eight. 

 Good luck wrapping up your research, this was a very neat topic! 

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