Do you believe that we can divert our anger into zeal to create something productive? I do. We just have to learn the art of taming our anger.
Anger is a negative, disorganizing strong emotion. When a person is angry, he has the tendency to become irrational, unpredictable, violent, easy to make abrupt decisions, let words fly without control hurting others and do things that he regret later on. Husband and wife fights and in many cases ended up with divorce, because of anger. Convicts and inmates are inside the prisons because most of them have committed crimes which are rooted from anger. People kills, revenge, harms and insult one another, destroy other’s reputations,damage life and properties because of untamed anger. In other words, anger is bad when not controlled and managed. It is destructive not only to the object of anger and to others around but primarily to the person who feels it because it can give unpleasant feelings, it can make the heart beat faster than normal, it might trigger high blood pressure, headache, depression, anxiety, stroke and might even cause fatal heart attack. Anger often leads to undesirable outcome because a person overtaken by anger is having hard time to think rationally. Many lives have been ruined, dreams unfulfilled, hearts being broken as a result of this “monster” called anger.
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything in which it is poured.” – Baptist Beacon
But there’s a good news about anger, some studies and neurological research hints that anger might lay the groundwork for creativity. Some study discovers that angry people becomes more creative while still at the heights of anger. Our temperament plays a role in our creativity because anger stimulate creativity. Researchers found that feeling angry was associated in the ability of the angry participants in brainstorming that while they are still in the heights of their anger mode they are able to generate more original ideas compared to the other non-emotional participants.
Speaking based on my personal experience,I chose to believe it’s true, because during those moments when I’ve received some not-so-good news from my family, or any situation that angers me, that’s the time when I have more zeal and energy to think creatively. During those times I’d always look for something to pour out my anger to, like cutting and shaping materials for my craft, and you know what? The final result is a nice art-craft. Also the paintings I’ve produced when I’m angry are better than those that I’ve finished when I’m in a calmer mood. I believe that the explanation to this is while we are still angry, our imaginations are running in overdrive and the emotion is somehow being manifested on the artworks. Does it mean that we have to be in anger to be creative? No! We can practice our creativity without being angry. The point here is anger when manage and redirect appropriately can lead to creative thinking thus it is important for us to learn to control this negative emotion so as to avoid its destructive consequences and be productive instead.
“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” – Ambrose Bierce
There are three types of angry people; the first type are people who let themselves be overtaken by their anger. They let their anger explode. The second one, are people who are able to conquer anger by suppressing it. The third one are those who succeeds in contolling anger by diverting their focus in beneficial activities.
The first type of angry people are most likely falling into troubles and further conflicts. They have very little control over their anger and tend to explode in rages. The second type reacts to anger by using anger repression because they consider that anger is an inappropriate or ‘bad’ emotion, and choose to suppress it. However, suppressed anger often turns into depression and anxiety. The third type of angry people are those who succeeds in avoiding negative consequence because they are able to overcome anger and able to tap it creatively and productively. Which one would you want to be?
“Anger is one letter short of danger.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“He who angers you, conquers you.” – Elizabeth Kenny
If you are the first and second type of angry person mentioned above, and you’re tired of it and really desire to change, it’s always never too late to do the right thing. You just need to be determined and exert some effort. You can choose to put your anger to use. You can unlock your creativity when you are angry and these advice might help you;
- Divert your anger by finding an activity that takes you away from it and do something where you can release it. Writing is one way to blow off steam. Try to write an essay, a poem or even a story. Express your feelings, let it have a leeway and you’ll be surprised to find out that your anger already pacified in a creative way.
“The greatest remedy for anger is delay.” – Unknown
- Accept that you are angry but try to delay it and push yourself harder. You can postpone your anger outburst when you try to kick or punch the air during the first 10 to 20 minutes of anger to let endorphins flood into your system until you feel better and able to think more clearly. Then as your anger begins to subside, continue moving and do something that can keep your mind and hands busy. I suggest crafting this time because this is an activity that will keep you moving. Cut as much materials as you can, as freely as you can but don’t cut the hands of the object of your anger when he or she is around (just kidding) 🙂 You can also fix your garden, trim your plants, rearrange the garden pots, or you can reorganize the living room set and other home furnitures and decors. Keep yourself busy, and never go idle and later on you will be relieved.
“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” – Chinese proverbs
- Start thinking to do some changes, maybe in your current set ups. Let creativity begin to soar. While you are doing your chosen activity, focus on your plans but never push yourself too hard mentally while you are pushing yourself physically. You will see that ideas will flow as your mind begins to clear. You can try to draw, or just try to paint in whatever direction your hands wanted to go but use different paint colors and later you’ll see that you have created a very striking abstract painting. At the time you’ve finished your art or craft, your anger have already subsided.
These advice are on the creativity side but in times anger strikes, the most important thing to do is to PRAY. Hold it up to God first. Pour out all your hurts in prayer and allow Him to help you heal.
“In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” Ephesians 4:26
“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
Anger is a normal human emotion but would it not be better to find ways to conquer this emotion? The next time you got angry, try to control your anger and divert your energy into creativity. The choice is yours to make.
I hope these helps the angry birds out there, thank you for reading my articles.