Re-post: Originally posted on A Slap in the Face for the Soul Blog (no longer available)
Anger management is not always the answer. Does it help in the moment when you’re about to jump over the counter and strangle the Walmart cashier because she was using you as her therapist? Yes. However, when this need to lash out arises more often than average department store checkout line strangler, then it's time to drop the anger management and get down to the core!
As we know, everything in the Universe is energy. We also know that energy cannot be created or destroyed. This includes your couch, the air and even Grandpa Billy's toupee. What about the energy of emotion?
Your feelings are energy. When you "stuff down" the urge to drop kick the kid that's banging on the back of your seat at movies, this "energy" remains inside of you. Then it nags and nudges you. It taunts you and says in a maniacal voice, "Go ahead. Trip priest Kenny as he walks down the aisle swinging his incense burner." Some "anger management" that turned out to be.
THERE THERE, LET IT OUT
Anger is energy, energy cannot be destroyed (even by anger management), and therefore that anger remains inside until you release it. While leaving a note that says, "May a thousand fleas infest your armpit hair" on cars that are illegally parked in handicapped spaces may be fun, it's not the healthiest form of release.
Get pissed. No, I mean really pissed off. Find safe ways to do this; preferably when the family is out for the day. I also wouldn't recommend doing it at work no matter how progressive your office may be. You'll need a bat, some pumpkins and your anger. You're smart. You know where this is going. Have at it.
YELL THERAPY IS FREE THERAPY
Instead of anger management, one of my all times favorite releases is to take a long drive, pop on my blue tooth headset and act like I'm reaming someone out on the phone. Do I look bitchy to the passersby? Yup! But at least I don't like a lunatic that's screaming in my car... at no one.
Yell, scream, throw a good tantrum, tell everyone off and say everything that you can’t and shouldn't say to someone's face. This is your time to release. Don't hold back!
If you find that anger arises seemingly out of "nowhere", you need to drop anger management tools like a hot potato and let it all hang out. Don't deny your anger. If you just said you don't get angry I call bullshit. If you're living on Earth and are human, you get angry. Don't be passive aggressive, just be purposely and safely aggressive.