Anger Management

Children have traditionally been punished for displaying anger. They are told that they should exhibit self-control instead. However, the idea behind this does not seem to be the excellent advice of “Don’t get mad, get even”, but rather that they should take no action in respect of whatever makes them angry. At the same time, not all parents recognise any corresponding obligation upon themselves not to be angry; indeed some spend most of their lives in a state of anger at their offspring, displaying it rather than exercising the self-control they so loudly demand from their children. The net life-lesson drawn by the children may be, therefore, that you have to wait until you have grown up to show anger. A person who draws this conclusion may have a hair-trigger temper precisely because he regards it as something that “adults” are allowed to do, and he is naturally grateful for being such an entity.

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 11:19 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink

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