Getting Rid of the Anger

reg430 By reg430, 5th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Anger is an emotion that makes the body feel as if it is going to explode. The chest feels tight and the head seems to swell. The Anger Diet by Dr. Brenda Shoshanna teaches the reader how to deal with this negative emotion.

Description of Anger

This description and an additional description of annoyance and displeasure (although these last two words don’t give a strong enough sense of what actually takes place) are reminiscent of the cartoon characters that had been pushed beyond their limit. While many of us feel we are not in a position to display our anger, what we don’t realize is the anger is still being displayed but in subtle ways.

The Effects of Anger

Dr. Shoshanna in her book, The Anger Diet: Thirty Days to Stress-Free Living, claims anger is the root cause of obesity as people hide the emotion deep inside and then try to cover it through overeating. Mood disorders and depressions are also effects of anger. Shoshanna claims that depression is anger and rage turned against the person who is experiencing the emotions.

The Grudge

Another factor in anger is the grudge. This word has a nasty sound to it, like sludge or mud. We can look at the grudge as a mass of nasty sludge that we carry within us toward someone or something that did some type of harm to us. Most of us feel that we are not the type of person to hold onto a grudge; we are able to release any harmful action or negative comment made about us. However, when we really look at how many people actually do carry bad feelings about someone else we are amazed.

Ways to Rid One of Anger

As an exercise in Shoshanna’s book, the reader is asked to list the people he or she has a grudge against and then to list when it started and what happened. The number of grudges I had carried within me surprised me. I can say I felt as if a load had been lifted from my shoulders when I completed this exercise. The next portion asked the reader to ask him/herself if it was really the other person who had done something against the reader or if part of the problem had been caused, in some way, by the reader him/herself. To be honest, this section was a total eye opener. Finally, the reader had to analyze the wrong that had been done. At this point, after completing the exercise, I decided it was in my best interest to forgive each person on my grudge list

After the Book, Feel Lighter

After the exercises are finished, the reader will feel lighter as if a weight has been lifted from him/herself. I highly recommend the book, The Anger Diet: Thirty Days to Stress-Free Living.


Shoshanna, B. (2005). The Anger Diet: Thirty Days to Stress-Free Living. Kansas City, Missouri: Andrew McMeel Publishing.


Anger, Depression, Grudge, Mood Disorders, Obesity

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I have been involved in writing since earning my M.A. in English/Creative Writing over 20 years ago. Most of my work, though, has been in the classroom, helping others better their writing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks for this share. Over time, I have got over the anger part by taking a view - it is their karma. I do not even suppress my feelings though I make my stand clear, politely - siva

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author avatar reg430
5th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you, Siva.

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author avatar Retired
5th Oct 2014 (#)

Anger is also one of the deadly sins.
You have done us all a great service with this insight and your book recommendation. I hope people will take heed.
I will share it on Facebook and Google+ ... and I don't do that with just any article.
Thank you, Rebecca.

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author avatar reg430
5th Oct 2014 (#)

Yes, this is a great book. You are welcome, r, nunez.

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